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CCAGW Urges Senators to Include House JEDI Provision in DOD Approps

Letters to Officials

September 27, 2019

U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator,

On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I write to urge you to recede to the provision in the House-passed version of the fiscal year 2020 Department of Defense (DOD) Appropriations Act related to the Joint Enterprise Defense Initiative (JEDI) contract and continued oversight of the DOD’s information technology (IT) modernization efforts. 

On July 26, 2018, DOD released its final request for proposal for the JEDI contract to modernize DOD’s information technology systems into a cloud services solution.  With an estimated value of $10 billion over 10 years, this single-cloud sole-source contract will be expected to deliver an enterprise-level commercial cloud solution, including infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service, to all defense agencies and military branches.  CCAGW has expressed concerns about the process under which the contract was considered, but more importantly that it is a single cloud, sole-source solution.  Individual military branches, including the Air Force, Army and Navy, each either have or are in the process of obtaining multi-cloud, multi-vendor solutions to meet their cloud service needs, which is also standard practice in the private sector.

The House bill places much-needed guardrails on the cloud procurement process at DOD by prohibiting the department from spending any money to migrate apps or data to JEDI until certain conditions are met.  These include reporting to Congress detailing how the department plans to implement its December 2018 DOD Cloud Strategy, which provides for a “multi-cloud” approach to modernizing DOD’s IT infrastructure; providing Congress with a list of specific non-JEDI cloud services contracting opportunities over the next two years; and, giving Congress quarterly updates on how it is rolling out a multi-cloud architecture.

CCAGW urges you to ensure these much-needed provisions from the House bill are included in the DOD Appropriations Act conference report.  Thank you for your consideration of this request. 

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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