US Government IT Contracts Are Too Big to Even Start, Let Alone Fail

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4Q 2021 | IN-6306


Double Digit Billion Dollar IT Contracts Awarded


The United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) handed out two multi-billion dollar contracts over the summer of 2021. The largest, codenamed “WildandStormy” is reported to be worth ten billion US dollars and was awarded to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Details of the timing of the contract award are sketchy but as the deal came to light in early August 2021, the contract was almost certainly awarded prior to that given that the sole competitor bidding against AWS was Microsoft. Microsoft filed a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the 21st of July 2021. These two bidders are no strangers to litigation when it comes to government IT contracts; in late 2019, when the ten billion-dollar JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) cloud modernization contract was awarded to Microsoft by the Trump administration, Amazon immediately challenged the contract award as illegal. In July 2021, after nearly two years of litigation and after failing to even get started the US Department of Defense (DOD) cancelled the JEDI contract. The …

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