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GAO denies Oracle's protest over Pentagon $10 billion cloud contract

Steve Goldstein

The Government Accountability Office said it's denied a protest filed by Oracle that challenged the terms of a request for proposal for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud procurement. The GAO said the Pentagon "reasonably determined" that a single-award approach for the potential $10 billion deal is in the government's best interests for various reasons, including national security concerns. Oracle's contention that the agency failed to properly consider potential conflicts of interest also was rejected. The GAO has yet to rule on a protest by IBM over the same contract.