GAO Reopens CIA Cloud Computing Bidding After IBM Protest

Law360, New York (June 14, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT) -- The Central Intelligence Agency shouldn't have given a $600 million cloud computing contract to Amazon.com Inc. because it didn't treat all bidders equally, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a decision released Friday granting an IBM Corp. bid protest.

The CIA had given Amazon the contract for commercially managed cloud computing services even though IBM had a lower bid because it said Amazon's technical specifications were better, but the GAO said that the spy agency had evaluated one of its price scenarios unfairly and improperly...
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