In a written statement Tuesday, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Esper recused himself from decisions on the so-called JEDI contract “out of an abundance of caution to avoid any concerns regarding his impartiality.”
The Pentagon is in the final stages of determining the winner of the initial $1 million Joint Enterprise
Hoffman did not identify Esper’s son by name. His son Luke is identified on his Linked-In page as a “digital strategy consultant” at IBM, which was an original bidder for the JEDI contract.
IBM was dropped from the competition, along with Oracle, and both companies have complained that the contracting process is rigged in
Amazon and Microsoft Corp. are finalists for the contract.
A U.S. Federal Claims Court judge last summer ruled in
Hoffman said Esper was not legally required to recuse himself, but did so after receiving what Hoffman called informational briefings on the JEDI contract.
Esper delegated decision-making responsibility on the JEDI program to Deputy
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