Rep. Mac Thornberry: FY 2019 Defense Policy Bill Wants More Info on DoD’s Cloud Procurement

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has said the lower chamber’s fiscal 2019 defense policy bill would prevent the Defense Department from spending 50 percent of the appropriated funds for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud procurement contract until DoD provides sufficient data on how it will oversee the acquisition process, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

“I really want to know that they have thought through not just this particular contract, but where cloud is going throughout the department,” Thornberry told reporters Thursday during a meeting in Washington.

“We are going to pay close attention to it not just because it’s a lot of money and because it’s a shift in the way they do business, but because cloud computing is going to be really important to the future of the military,” he added.

Thornberry added that he wants the Pentagon to invest in a cloud platform equipped with interoperable databases and that can be easily searched by auditors.

A report accompanying the House bill says the panel is concerned with the lack of data about security requirements, migration costs, customer capability requirements and other details behind the planned JEDI procurement from a single cloud service provider.

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