Trump’s government continues to do big business with Amazon. Under President Barack Obama, the CIA awarded Amazon a contract reportedly worth $600 million over 10 years. In December, Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing wing, announced it was creating a “Secret Region” program as part of its contract with the CIA. (The cloud storage unit will manage classified information for U.S. spy agencies.) Amazon also announced the further expansion of that program with the CIA last month.
The Pentagon may also be on track to expand the amount of federal money flowing to Amazon. In April, the Defense Department is expected to bid out a cloud contract worth billions of dollars over the next decade, and competitors have complained that only Amazon appears poised to win it.
The Pentagon initially said it awarded a nearly $1 billion contract to an Amazon Web Services partner but later backtracked after a legal challenge by Oracle. Fears still persist that Amazon has an inside track to the big government deal, and more than 1,000 comments have been sent to the Pentagon about the multibillion-dollar bid, including dozens from industry groups, according to Bloomberg.