JEDI award slips past May deadline
- By Lauren C. Williams
The award for Defense Department’s massive cloud program is slipping from a self-imposed deadline of the end of May.
DOD is still working on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure program’s final request for proposal, and there was "no timeline" on its release, according to DOD's chief spokesperson Dana White who spoke to reporters at a May 31 briefing.
"We are working on it, but it's important that we don’t rush towards failure," White said. "We have a lot more players in it. This is something different from some of our other acquisition programs because we do have a great deal of commercial interest."
White said the first- and second-draft RFPs generated more than 1,000 responses, and DOD needs time to sift through them.
"I don't have a timeline on it, but we are moving, and we also want to take in all of the different stakeholders and consider how we move best forward," she said.
When asked if DOD would be able to make a September deadline for final source selection, White said, "We're moving forward as quickly as we can to get this right."
White also said that there’s been no political pressure from the White House to influence the JEDI contract, and it remains a full and open competition.
Lauren C. Williams is a staff writer at FCW covering defense and cybersecurity.
Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.
Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.
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