Washington, DC—August 1, 2019....Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) released the following statement after Defense Secretary Mark Esper ordered a review of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) program, which is a major cloud computing contract for the Department of Defense. Congressman Womack has followed the program closely and continually expressed ethical and policy concerns:
“Given the many shortcomings of the JEDI procurement process, I fully support Secretary Esper’s decision to review the program. It’s the right move, and one I have been calling for since JEDI’s advancement. The Department of Defense should be taking advantage of new, cutting-edge technologies—but it must be done the right way. Needed modernization should never come at the expense of effectiveness. Our warfighters require the most secure and innovative tools, and American taxpayers deserve a transparent and accountable procurement process. We can’t afford to have any doubts related to the capabilities that our men and women in uniform rely on.”
Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011. He serves as the Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Budget and is a member of the House Appropriations defense and transportation, housing and urban development subcommittees.