GAO Says NSA Wrongly Assessed Bids On $10B Cloud Deal

By Daniel Wilson (December 14, 2021, 9:12 PM EST) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office has revealed why it sustained Microsoft's protest over an up-to $10 billion National Security Agency cloud computing contract awarded to Amazon, saying the agency unreasonably assessed the companies' technical proposals.

The NSA misinterpreted Microsoft's explanation of how it would seek federal security authorization for its cloud services, wrongly dinging that as a weak part of the company's bid, and did not equally assess the relative speed of Microsoft's and Amazon Web Services Inc.'s proposed clouds, the GAO said in a recently released decision.

"We find the agency's technical evaluation to be unreasonable in certain regards and...

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