The newspaper cited email correspondence between Amazon’s Anne Rung and Government Services Authority official Mary Davie, obtained by the outlet under the Freedom of Information Act. The emails showed Rung advise Davie on the approach the government should take to building an e-commerce platform that would manage federal contracts for anything from stationery to furniture worth billions of dollars.
The exchange reportedly took place less than a year after Rung quit as chief US acquisition officer in the administration of then-President Barack Obama to join the tech giant in November 2016.
The Seattle-based retailer was awarded several lucrative federal contracts in past years. It has been operating a cloud service for the US intelligence community and supplying commercial goods to local authorities across the country.
It has also been billed as a lead candidate for running a cloud service for the Pentagon. Its success with the US military has reportedly been attributed to the hiring of an ex-brigadier general with the US Air Force, Steven Spano, who has since quit Amazon.