As a protest of the JEDI contract decision, AWS has made public its Motion to Supplement the Record, on the 10th of February. Relating to that, it has announced that it wished to depose President Trump and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
Since the decision of the contract was made, Amazon has expressed that they were definitely not happy with it and has continued to protest the decision. They believe that that president had some influence on the decision made because of the political differences between Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos and Trump.
In a statement, an AWS spokesperson said, “President Trump has repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to use his position as President and Commander in Chief to interfere with government functions – including federal procurements – to advance his personal agenda. The preservation of public confidence in the nation’s procurement process requires discovery and supplementation of the administrative record, particularly in light of President Trump’s order to ‘screw Amazon.’ The question is whether the President of the United States should be allowed to use the budget of the DoD to pursue his own personal and political ends.”
A majority of the predictions were that Amazon would be awarded the contract, and there was a lot of argument and complaining during the acquisition process that the contract was made to be in favour of Amazon, which is a claim that DoD has consistently denied.
AWS CEO Andy Jassy had clearly stated his disappointment about the decision at the AWS re: Invent last year, and he also maintains that he believes that President Trump had shown bias. Jassy said last year: “I think that we ended up with a situation where there was political interference. When you have a sitting president, who has shared openly his disdain for a company, and the leader of that company, it makes it really difficult for government agencies, including the DoD, to make objective decisions without fear of reprisal.”
Sources have said that a debriefing was given to Amazon by the DoD once the decision was made in favour of Microsoft, but what Amazon is mainly unhappy about is that the department had failed to respond to the company’s requests in a timely fashion regarding more information and questions they had, which is a requirement by law.