Sikorsky To Intervene In Pentagon Freedom Of Information Trial

PETALUMA, Calif., June 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Sikorsky Aircraft has filed Documents with the Federal district Court of San Francisco notifying the Court they will be intervening in the December 11th trial between the American Small Business League (ASBL) and the Pentagon. In a recent Government Executive story entitled ‘Pentagon Headed to Court Against Small Business Advocate‘ a Sikorsky spokesman stated: “At this time Sikorsky is not a party to the ongoing case.” Sikorsky filed their motion for intervention on April 20, 2017.

The ASBL won the case in Federal District Court on November 23, 2014.  Federal Judge 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.”

The ASBL filed their case due to overwhelming evidence that the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program (CSPTP) was designed to create a loop hole allowing the Pentagon’s largest prime contractors to circumvent federal small business subcontracting goals.

In 2014 the Pentagon asked that Congress not renew the program, with Pentagon spokeswoman Maureen Schumann acknowledging that the CSPTP had actually reduced subcontracting opportunities for small businesses and “reduced the Pentagon’s small business industrial supplier base.”

Professor Charles Tiefer, one of the nation’s leading experts on federal contracting law released a legal opinion on the CSPTP, describing it as a “sham” and seriously harmful to small businesses.

Congress renewed the program until 2027 in December of 2016 despite the Pentagon’s acknowledgement that it had harmed small business subcontracting opportunities for small businesses.

 

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