September 16, 2010
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama’s Small Business Task force released a series of 13 recommendations to “remove barriers to participation by small businesses in the federal market place.” (http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/09/15/new-plans-underway-increase-contracts-small-business)
As predicted by the American Small Business League (ASBL) in an April 27 press release titled, “Obama Small Business Task Force May Ignore #1 Problem,” the task force made no recommendations to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to many of the largest companies in the United States and Europe. (http://www.asbl.com/showmedia.php?id=1605)
Since 2003, a series of over a dozen federal investigations have found billions of dollars a month in federal small business contracts actually going to corporate giants around the world. Some of the firms the Obama Administration has awarded small business contracts to include: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, L-3 Communications, British Aerospace (BAE), Northrop Grumman, Dell Computer, Ssangyong Corporation headquartered in Seoul, South Korea and Finmeccanica SpA, which is located in Italy and has 73,000 employees. (http://www.asbl.com/documentlibrary.html)
Every year since 2005, the Small Business Administration Office of Inspector General (SBA IG) has referred to the diversion of billions of dollars in federal small business contracts to large business as, “One of the most important challenges facing the Small Business Administration and the entire Federal government today.” (http://www.asbl.com/documents/05-15.pdf)
President Obama promised to end the widely reported abuses when he released the statement, “It is time to end the diversion of federal small business contracts to corporate giants.” (http://www.barackobama.com/2008/02/26/the_american_small_business_le.php) To date, President Obama has refused to offer any policies or legislation that would halt the diversion of over $100 billion a year in federal small business contracts to large businesses.
“The fact that President Obama has broken his campaign promise to end these abuses against legitimate small businesses is an excellent example of who he really is. This issue clearly shows Barack Obama is not the man the nation thought he was when he was elected. President Obama has lied to the American people and his record low approval ratings indicate the majority of voters realize it,” ASBL President Lloyd Chapman said.
The ASBL is preparing to file suit in Federal District Court Northern District of California to stop the Obama Administration from continuing to divert small business contracts to corporate giants. The ASBL currently has 6 federal lawsuits pending against the federal government, and plans to file six more before the end of 2010.