Pentagon probe unable to rule out White House influence on JEDI contract

Pentagon probe unable to rule out White House influence on JEDI contract

The Pentagon's inspector general on Wednesday said it could not determine whether the White House influenced the award of a US$10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft over Amazon after several administration officials said their conversations were privileged "presidential communications".

The briefing room at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia
FILE PHOTO: The Pentagon logo is seen behind the podium in the briefing room at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Al Drago

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon's inspector general on Wednesday said it could not determine whether the White House influenced the award of a US$10 billion cloud computing contract to Microsoft over Amazon after several administration officials said their conversations were privileged "presidential communications".

The Pentagon has been attempting to modernize its technology including moving to a cloud computing system but the move has been hampered by a lengthy selection process as well as protests from other competitors.

(Reporting by Chris Sanders; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

Source: Reuters

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