In a report in August, Microsoft had filed a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) over the US National Security Agency (NSA) awarded a tens of billions of dollars in Amazon Cloud Services (AWS) contract.Now, the agency has clearly expressed its support for Microsoft and recommended that the NSA re-evaluate the proposals submitted by the two companies.
In a statement to Nextgov, Ralph O. White, Executive Deputy General Counsel of the Procurement Law Department of GAO, wrote:
GAO believes that the NSA’s assessment is unreasonable in certain aspects, and therefore recommends that the agency re-evaluate the choice of cloud service providers and give a consistent opinion.
GAO itself is not against AWS andMicrosoftFor any opinions expressed on the highlights of the proposal, the actual evaluation still depends on who is better able to meet the relevant needs of the procurement agency under the premise of being bound by laws and regulations.
Regarding this matter, an NSA spokesperson also commented:
The NSA respects the oversight of the Government Accountability Office and will strive to ensure consistent findings.
Hybrid computing plans remain a priority for NSA, and we will continue to obtain key capabilities in this area through a reasonable selection process of cloud service providers.