GAO says “not so fast” on proposed secret Amazon-CIA cloud

Cloud for goverment is here to stay…


Remember that proposed secure cloud that Amazon was building for the CIA but that no one would acknowledge? Well it looks like it’s on hold, because the U.S. Government Accountability Office has sided with IBM(s ibm), which filed a formal protest of the awarded contract. News that the GAO was telling the CIA to re-open bids was reported by Federal Computer Week.

IBM, which has a large government-contracting business, charged that the CIA improperly awarded the deal to Amazon Web Services (S aws) by failing to evaluate all the pricing scenarios. Long story short, the GAO told the CIA to re-open the bid and evaluate comparable offerings for a contract valued at up to $600 million over four years for its initial period.

If you like the longer version, here’s the e-mailed statement by Ralph White, GAO’s managing associate general counsel for procurement law:

“On June 6, the U.S. Government Accountability…

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