The Government Accountability Office recommended the NSA reevaluate bids from Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.
The NSA awarded the contract, code-named “WildandStormy,” on July 7 to Amazon Web Services and Microsoft subsequently challenged the award on numerous grounds.
“Microsoft alleges the significant weakness assigned to its technical proposal regarding the security authorization process for new service offerings was unreasonable. Specifically, the protester contends that the agency’s evaluation was based on a flawed and unreasonable reading of the proposal,” GAO said in its decision. “Here, we agree with the protester and sustain on this basis.”