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Oracle this week challenged the Department of Defense’s decision to award a major, $10-billion cloud computing contract to just one company as "anti-competitive," according to a 40-page challenge document obtained by Axios and originally reported by The Washington Post.

Why it matters: Several industry leaders have expressed concerns that the proposal is written to favor Amazon. Oracle has already been vocal about its concerns with this contracting process this year.

Why now: Companies have until September 17 to contest it, and it comes just two weeks after the final request for proposals came out.

What they're saying:

  • Oracle argues the Pentagon’s current strategy of using just one cloud would strain the military’s technical standing. Part of Oracle's concern is it is standard commercially to use a multi-cloud environment to allow for redundancy and resiliency, which, in military operations would be particularly crucial in case of failure.
"DoD's single awardee...contract approach is...contrary to DoD's own stated objectives of flexibility, innovation, a broad industrial base, and keeping pace with evolving technology."
— Oracle's bid challenge
  • Oracle claims the single award setup would "frustrate" competition. The contract, which would last for 10 years, is so long that competitors also raise the concern that the Pentagon could get locked in to a bad business deal.

The background:

  • When the Pentagon contracted out with a company linked with Amazon earlier this year, called REAN Cloud, Oracle contested it and the Government Accountability Office sided with Oracle.
  • The CIA has contracted out cloud computing services with just Amazon. IBM, another likely bidder, protested the deal in 2013, but Amazon prevailed.

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.

U.S. border cities again see low violent crime rates

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Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Jared Whalen/Axios

Reported violent crime in the United States rose in 2020 for the first time in four years, but violent crime rates in 11 of the largest communities along the U.S.-Mexico border stayed below the national average, an Axios analysis found. 

Why it matters: Year after year, data showing low violent crime rates in majority-Mexican American and Mexican immigrant border communities dispels myths of the U.S.-Mexico border as a region filled with crime and chaos.

Biden to Dems: This is my make-or-break moment

President Biden walks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after addressing the House Democratic caucus on Thursday. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden told the House Democratic caucus Thursday "my presidency will be determined" by the votes he wants in the next week on his $1.75 trillion social safety net expansion and $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.

Driving the news: Biden made the comment, according to a source in the room, as he tried to rally support for the $1.75 trillion package. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi acted immediately, calling for a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill later in the day.