By Doug Caldwell
Central Valley Business Times
April 15, 2010
• Sues military for refusing to release contracting data
• ‘These reports will show the federal government and prime contractors are falsifying their … numbers’
The American Small Business League has taken the U.S. Army to court over what ASBL says is the military’s refusal to release information regarding the compliance of its prime contractors with small business subcontracting goals.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) suit was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
The ASBL maintains that the Pentagon's refusal to release the information is a “clear indication” that it has something to hide.
"The Obama Administration is withholding these subcontracting reports because it knows that these reports will show the federal government and prime contractors are falsifying their small business contracting numbers," says ASBL President Lloyd Chapman.
The ASBL originally requested the most recent quarterly subcontracting reports for contracts awarded by the Army to ManTech Telecommunications and Information Systems Corp. (NASDAQ: MANT) of Fairfax, Va. Prime contractors are required to produce subcontracting reports for each contract awarded by the federal government, ASBL says.
The small business group maintains that the Pentagon's refusal to release information regarding prime contractor compliance with small business subcontracting goals is a further indication that the Pentagon is falsifying compliance with its small business contracting goals.