PETALUMA, Calif., April 12, 2017
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Freedom of Information Act case filed against
the Pentagon by the American Small Business League (ASBL)
will go to trial in December 2017. Federal District
Court Judge William Alsup set the trial date in an April 6, 2017 hearing on the case.
The Pentagon and Sikorsky are refusing to release Sikorsky's small
business subcontracting plan submitted to the Pentagon's 28-year-old
Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program (CSPTP). The Pentagon adopted the
CSPTP under the pretense of "increasing subcontracting opportunities
for small businesses." In reality the test program eliminated all transparency on small business
subcontracting programs for the Pentagon's largest prime contractors. The
Pentagon has refused to release any information on the program
for over 27 years.
believes the release of the information will prove the Pentagon has defrauded
small businesses out of over two trillion dollars
in subcontracts since the program was established in 1989.
The ASBL won the case in Federal District Court on November 26, 2014. Judge Alsup described the
ASBL's case by stating, "So it would be more like a David and
Goliath. You get to come in there and be the underdog again against the big
company and against the big government." "They are trying to suppress the evidence."
In a November 6, 2014 hearing Judge
Alsup stated, "The purpose of the Freedom of
Information Act is so the public can see how our government works. Congress
passed this law to make small businesses have access to some of these projects,
and here is the United States covering it up."
After losing in the District Court the Pentagon and Sikorsky
appealed the case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. During the course of the litigation
Sikorsky claimed their parent company Lockheed Martin was a competitor that
would gain an unfair advantage with the release of the information submitted to
the CSPTP. On January 6, 2016 the 9th Circuit Court remanded the case back to the District Court.
Judge Alsup has allowed the ASBL to conduct discovery that will
include ten depositions of Pentagon and Sikorsky employees.
The ASBL is in the final stages of a documentary chronicling their efforts to end fraud
in federal programs for small businesses, and small businesses owned women,
minorities, and service-disabled veterans.
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