WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Small
Business League (ASBL) has won release of most of the 2013 Sikorsky
Aircraft Corporation small business subcontracting plan (plan) filed with the
Department of Defense (DOD), after a four year Freedom of Information Act
battle. Most of the plan was released November
10, following the Justice Department's October 12
notification to the U.S. District Court in San
Francisco that it would no longer defend
DOD-Sikorsky's efforts to withhold the information.
Jonathan W. Cuneo,
partner at Washington, DC
based Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP, and ASBL's
attorney, explained: "Plaintiff's discovery that the trade
secrets defense is seemingly unsupportable raises the question as
to whether the defendants acted in good faith. I believe somebody is lying.
Apparently, either the government knew all along that trade secrets were not at
risk or the government was misled by Sikorsky. Why was this costly,
lengthy litigation even necessary?"
"The most significant revelation in this case is that we've
exposed the fact the Pentagon and its prime contractors have shortchanged small
businesses and small businesses owned by women, minorities and service disabled
veterans out of hundreds of billions in subcontracts," said ASBL President
The Sikorsky plan was filed with DOD under the controversial
Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program (CSPTP), which is supposed to
build new opportunities for small businesses.
"The Pentagon issued a report in November of 2015 that
acknowledged the CSPTP had actually cut contracts to small businesses by over
50 percent. The data we have uncovered in this case indicates subcontracts to
small businesses have been slashed by as much as 90 percent," Mr. Chapman
University of Baltimore
Law Professor and government contracting expert Charles
Tiefer is not surprised. Professor Tiefer, a former
Solicitor and Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives who
also served as Commissioner on the congressionally mandated Independent
Commission on Wartime Contracting, has called CSP a "sham."
Professor Tiefer, who examined the Sikorsky plan, focused on the
company's socio-economic subcategories within the target small business
community: "Sikorsky admitted lowering many of its goals for
women-owned, veterans-owned and similar subcontractor categories. For
example, it admitted its veterans-owned goal 'is lower' and fell
below even 1 percent, down to 0.9 percent, a pittance."
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DC, Cuneo Gilbert
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protection, product liability and securities and intellectual property.
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