November 1, 2010
PETALUMA, Calif., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The American Small Business League is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over its contract awarding policies.
"The Department of Homeland Security is being sued by the American Small Business League for refusing to release subcontracting reports on contracts awarded to defense giant Boeing," the ASBL said in a news release issued Monday.
On Oct. 26, the ASBL filed suit in United States District Court, Northern District of California after the Homeland Security Department allegedly repeatedly declined to respond to an ASBL Freedom of Information Act request for information on both Individual and Summary Subcontracting Reports on prime contracts that the department awarded to Boeing.
ASBL President Lloyd Chapman said: "It is really kind of silly that we are having to file this suit because the 9th Circuit ruled over 20 years ago that this information is releasable. The fact that (Homeland Security) is willing to get involved with a lawsuit they have no hope of winning, really speaks to the damaging nature of this information.