Amazon Tops IBM for $600M CIA Cloud Contract, Again
Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) came out on top following an attempt by International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) to reopen bidding for a cloud computing contract with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency worth $600 million.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Government Accountability Office recommended that the CIA re-evaluate its contract negotiations following IBM’s initial claims that bidding had been unfair. Amazon then filed a legal complaint regarding the potential CIA offering, leading to Monday’s hearing.
Judge Thomas Wheeler of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims heard arguments from both Amazon and IBM on Monday, and ultimately ruled in favor of Amazon. A written opinion is forthcoming, according to a court notice cited by Reuters.