In JWCC cloud procurement, Pentagon plans a novel approach to competition

One of the biggest unanswered questions about the Pentagon’s Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability contract has been this. Will vendors be able to compete for work on a project-by-project basis. And the answer is yes, but with a caveat. DoD does plan to conduct task order competitions for each new cloud requirement. But vendors won’t submit bids. Instead, the department will use a new technology tool called “AT-AT” to pick winners based on what it already knows about each company’s capabilities and prices. If it sounds unusual – it is. In an exclusive interview with Federal News Network’s Jared Serbu, Danielle Metz, the deputy DoD CIO for information enterprise, explained how it will work.