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The Pentagon’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract is dead. The Defense Department will try again to build an enterprise cloud capability with a different model this time.

  • Emily Murphy, former administrator of the General Services Administration, said it is clear the department will choose a multiple-award path this time, which will reduce risk and keep prices down, and that it will be a shorter-term contract, which makes sense because of the fast evolution of cloud technology.
  • Mark Forman, former federal chief information officer and E-Gov administrator at the Office of Management and Budget, now executive vice president at Dynamic Integrated Services, said the important questions at the Defense Department chief information officer level involve determining the catalog of IT services, the on-ramps and the strategy.
  • Over the next few months, Murphy said she will watch what happens with other requests for information in the civilian space; Forman said the timeline for a new contract in October seems very fast.
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