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DOE Loses Legal Battle to American Small Business League

By Staff
Hispanic Business Journal
September 22, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has lost a legal battle with the American Small Business League (ASBL) over subcontracting reports for contracts awarded to Fortune 500 corporation Bechtel. As a result, DOE has been forced to release the requested documents and United States District Judge Charles Breyer has ordered the DOE to pay the ASBL's legal fees in full. (http://www.asbl.com/documents/Final_Order.pdf)

The ASBL originally requested Individual Subcontracting Reports (ISR/SF 294), and Summary Subcontracting Reports (SSR/SF 295) on several contracts awarded to Bechtel by the federal government. ISRs and SSRs are a key component in assessing prime contractor compliance with small business subcontracting goals.

The ASBL currently has 6 additional lawsuits pending against the Obama Administration in the United States court system, and is planning to file at least 6 more before the end of the year. Since 2004, the ASBL has been forced to file 14 lawsuits against federal agencies like the Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. Navy, NASA, and the U.S. Army. The ASBL has never ultimately lost a lawsuit with the federal government.




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