PETALUMA, Calif., Dec. 2, 2014
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Federal Judge William Alsup
of the Northern District Federal Court has ordered the Pentagon to release
federal subcontracting data no private citizen, journalist or member of
Congress has ever been allowed to see.
The Pentagon was ordered to release subcontracting data on Sikorsky Aviation
Corporation that had been submitted under the 25-year-old Comprehensive
Subcontracting Plan Test Program (CSPTP).
The information had been requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the American Small
Business League (ASBL) as a
test case in response to the Pentagon's refusal to release any data on the
CSPTP in over 25 years.
The CSPTP was adopted in 1990 under the pretense of "increasing subcontracting opportunities for small businesses."
In reality the program did just the opposite and eliminated all publicly
available reports and all penalties for non-compliance with subcontracting
goals for the Pentagon's largest prime contractors.
During the last 25 years the Pentagon has refused to release any data on the program. The ASBL's
legal victory will result in the first public access to documents on the CSPTP
since it began in 1990.
"Judge Alsup's ruling will be the first step in forcing the
Pentagon to release every single document that has been submitted to the CSPTP
by every prime contractor that has participated in the program since 1990. I
believe these documents will prove the Pentagon has been complicit in hundreds
of billions in fraud in subcontracting programs. Once we receive the documents
we will begin to provide them to the FBI and the Government Accountability
Office for investigation," said ASBL President Lloyd
In September of this year one of America's leading experts on
federal contracting law, Professor Charles Tiefer,
released a legal opinion that harshly criticized the CSPTP and
referred to it as a "sham." Professor Tiefer's opinion stated,
"The program is a sham and its extension will be seriously harmful to
vital opportunities for small business... There is no doubt in my mind the
CSPTP has significantly reduced subcontracting opportunities for small
businesses. It should not have gotten its 25 years of extension as a
never-tested 'Test Program.' Let it expire."
Both the House and Senate have voted to extend the CSPTP into
its twenty-eighth year of testing even though no member of Congress has ever
seen a single report on the program in over 25 years. The Chairman's Mark of
the 2015 National Defense Authorization Bill stated, "However,
after nearly 24 years since the original authorization of the program, the test
program has yet to provide evidence that it meets the original stated goal of
The ASBL's lawsuit to obtain data on the CSPTP was part of a national campaign they launched in 2010 to halt the
renewal of the program. The ASBL is the only national small business
advocacy group to ever criticize the program publicly.
"The Pentagon's refusal to release any data on the CSPTP in
over 25 years proves Professor Tiefer was right when he referred to it as a
sham. I'm confident the data we will receive will convince Congress not to
renew this blatantly anti-small business program. Congress should launch an
investigation into the program and all of its participants," Chapman
Judge Alsup has ordered the Pentagon to release the data by Dec. 3.
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