Pentagon sued for refusing to release contracting data


Pentagon sued for refusing to release contracting data

By Editorial
Strategic Defense Intelligence
May 16, 2014

A non-profit organisation representing small businesses in theUS is suing the Pentagon under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

TheAmerican Small Business League has filed suit after the Pentagon refused torespond to an FOIA request for subcontracting data on Sikorsky under theComprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program.

ASBLsays the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program – which allows fifteenprime contractors to avoid submitting quarterly subcontracting reports – is an"intentional loophole" and allowed the Pentagon to "cheat" legitimate smallbusinesses out of trillions of dollars.

ASBLPresident Lloyd Chapman said: "This is the biggest scam in the history offederal contracting at the Pentagon and we plan to shut it down."

"You canjust imagine what happened to the volume of subcontracts awarded to smallbusinesses once these prime contractors no longer had to submit reports thatwere available to the public. There were no negative consequences for failingto achieve their small business contracting goals," he added.

Theorganisation believes that what the fraud and corruption lawsuit will exposewill be "unprecedented".

The Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program began in 1985and authorises fifteen of the Pentagon's largest sub-contractors to avoidsubmitting quarterly subcontracting reports that would otherwise be availableto the public.

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