PETALUMA, Calif., Jan. 12, 2017
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On January 6th 2017, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the public will not be
able to see any documents that have been submitted by the Pentagon's largest
prime contractors to the Pentagon's Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test
Program (CSPTP) over the last 28 years.
The American Small Business League (ASBL)
originally won their FOIA case against the Pentagon in November of 2014. Federal District
Court Judge William Alsup ordered the Pentagon to release
the Sikorsky data to the ASBL after reviewing the information and deducing nothing in the report constituted as trade secret,
proprietary or confidential financial information.
th circuit ruling, ASBL President Lloyd Chapman had this to say: "The
Appeals Court ruling supports the ASBL's longstanding position that the CSPTP was established
under the guise of increasing subcontracting opportunities for small businesses
when in reality it removes all transparency, allowing the Pentagon's top
contractors to violate federal contracting law and obscure all evidence of
Pentagon spokeswoman Maureen Schumann
supported the ASBL's assertion that the CSPTP has actually reduced
subcontracting opportunities for small businesses, commenting in an article for
The Washington Post in September 2014 that the program "Has led to an
erosion of the [the agencies] small business industrial base."
The ASBL estimates that since its inception in 1989, over $5 trillion have been administered through the CSPTP with
no transparency. The ASBL finds this concerning following the recent IG report
showing the Pentagon can't account for $6.5 trillion.
"The 9th circuit ruling essentially eliminates all transparency on $5 trillion in Pentagon contracts over the last 28 years;
it's not inconceivable that this ruling could eliminate transparency in
contracts with the pentagon's largest prime contractors for the next 28
years," said Lloyd Chapman.
"I think it's important for the public to know that the 9th circuit judges never even saw the Sikorsky documents he
carefully reviewed while making his decision. Judge Alsup even accused the
Pentagon and Sikorsky of trying to "suppress the evidence." The
ASBL plans on appealing its case to the Supreme Court."
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