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Grassley Wants Accounting for Watchdog’s Failures in Defense Dept. Cloud Computing Review

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WASHINGTON
– Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is seeking answers and an independent investigation
into the faulty review of the Defense Department’s (DoD) now-defunct Joint
Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract conducted by the DoD Office
of Inspector General (OIG).

 

The
report released by the OIG about the JEDI contract contains multiple inaccuracies
and material omissions, leaving the public, Congress and the department with an
incomplete and faulty set of facts as the department embarks on a massive new
cloud computing contracting process.

 

“This
selective editing significantly altered material elements of the report,
downplayed the impact of key players, and fundamentally altered the reader’s
conclusions. This conduct is unacceptable and will potentially have a lasting
negative impact on future OIG actions. The Department needs to be aware of the
totality of mistakes surrounding the JEDI program to avoid repeating this
mishandled process as it moves into the Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability
(JWCC) program. Those lessons can’t be learned if the OIG doesn’t perform a
proper JEDI review,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Acting Inspector General
Sean O’Donnell.

 

In
a letter to the DoD OIG, Grassley is seeking the production of the full OIG
case file for the JEDI review. He also presses for answers on a litany of questions,
including why certain personnel were not questioned or accurately described in
the report and whether the OIG engaged in the practice of “rounding” in order
to smooth over any potential controversy.

 

Grassley
is also asking the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency
(CIGIE) to conduct an independent review of the failures of DoD OIG’s JEDI
review.

 

Full
text of Grassley’s letter to the DoD OIG can be found HERE.Full
text of Grassley’s letter to CIGIE can be found HERE.

 

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