By Lloyd Chapman Shadowproof November 26, 2014
I just won a landmark legal victory over the Pentagon yesterday. I’m forcing the Pentagon to release information that will prove they have cheated American small businesses out of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal subcontracts over the last 25 years.
Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), I requested the most recent information submitted to the Pentagon’s “sham” Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program (CSPTP) by one of the Pentagon’s largest prime contractors Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. The information I requested will clearly indicate the Pentagon is cheating American small businesses out of billions. It will prove they are allowing their largest prime contractors to circumvent federal law that mandates a minimum of 23% of all federal contracts be awarded to small businesses.
This will be the first time in a quarter of a century the American people will be allowed to see how the Pentagon is spending trillions of their tax dollars.
The Pentagon adopted the CSPTP in 1990 under the guise of “increasing subcontracting opportunities for small businesses.” In reality it was designed to do just the opposite. The CSPTP removed all transparency and penalties on small business subcontracting programs for the Pentagons largest prime contractors.
If that’s not insane enough, the Pentagon has been testing this program to cheat small businesses for 25 years. In a shining example of how corrupt our government is, both the House and the Senate have voted to renew the anti-small business CSPTP into its twenty-eighth year of testing.
One of the nations leading experts on federal contracting law, Professor Charles Tiefer, released a legal opinion on the CSPTP that stated, “The program is a sham and its extension will be seriously harmful to vital opportunities for small business to get government contracting work… 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.”
In 2004, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the results of an investigation on the CSPTP that stated, “Although the Test Program was started more than 12 years ago, DOD has yet to establish metrics to evaluate the program’s results and effectiveness.”
The Chairman’s Mark of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Bill even 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 program…”
So I’ve won a major Freedom of Information Act case against the Pentagon that will no doubt expose hundreds of billions of dollars in fraud and abuse against small businesses.
Should I expect a letter from the President congratulating me on my legal victory on behalf of the nation’s 28 million small businesses? Will I get an award from the Small Business Administration? Not likely.
What I will get is a massive campaign from the Feds to destroy my reputation and keep me off national television, radio, the internet and block any journalist that tries to write about this case and the last 30 Freedom of Information Act cases I have won against the federal government.
The Feds have even raided the home of a well-known investigative journalist to seize documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. I have already called my CPA and told him to prepare for an IRS audit. The IRS is one of the federal governments favorite weapons against whistleblowers and people that are sick and tired of fraud and corruption in our government.
Edward Snowden released information that exposed the federal governments campaigns to destroy the reputations of individuals that are successful and outspoken in their criticism of the government.
Let me close with two of my favorite quotes. Thomas Jefferson said, “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscious to remain silent.”
President John F. Kennedy said, “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”