Welcome!

News Feed Item

Pentagon Failed Test Program Dodged Media Coverage for 25 Years

PETALUMA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/02/14 -- According to the American Small Business League, the failed Pentagon Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program has been in place for 25 years and yet not one journalist from the mainstream media has ever reported on the controversial and secretive program.

The Pentagon quietly adopted the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program in 1989 after journalists and Congress uncovered the fact that the Pentagon had falsified data on the actual percentage of federal subcontracts that had been awarded to small businesses, including minority-owned firms. Congress also found the Pentagon was not complying with federal law, the Small Business Act of 1953 that requires a minimum of 23% of all federal contracts and subcontracts be awarded to small businesses and 5% to small, minority-owned firms.

In one example, the House Armed Services Committee investigated the Air Force F-22 Stealth Fighter contract. The Committee found that as opposed to the minimum 23% small business goal required by law, the Air Force had given Lockheed Martin a small business subcontracting goal of just .016%. A story in the Washington Post by Steven Pearlstein began, "The Pentagon's biggest new weapons program -- the F-22 stealth fighter -- is proving to be as invisible to small and minority-owned defense firms as it is to enemy radar." The Air Force was forced to allocate an additional $501 million to small businesses.

To avoid another embarrassing Congressional investigation the Pentagon enacted the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program. The program was disguised as a plan to increase subcontracting opportunities for small businesses. In reality it was carefully written to do just the opposite. Under the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program the public, Congress and the media would no longer have access to individual subcontracting plans and the quarterly reports that could be used to track a prime contractor's compliance with their subcontracting goals.

In addition to the elimination of reports, all firms participating in the program were also exempt from federal law that required prime contractors to pay "liquidated damages" for failing to achieve their small business subcontracting goals.

In 2004 a Government Accountability Office investigation, Report GAO-04-381, found no evidence that the Test Program had achieved any of its goals. That fact went unreported in the mainstream media.

Even the language in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Bill that proposes to extend the Test Program into its 28th year acknowledges there is no evidence the Test Program has ever worked. This fact has also gone unreported in the mainstream media.

During the last 25 years the Pentagon has refused to release any data that showed the Test Program achieved any of its goals. The Pentagon is currently refusing to release any data on the Test Program under the Freedom of Information Act. This is yet another fact that has gone unreported in the mainstream media.

The American Small Business League estimates that over the last 25 years American small businesses have been cheated out of over one trillion dollars in subcontracts as a result of the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Early adopters of IoT viewed it mainly as a different term for machine-to-machine connectivity or M2M. This is understandable since a prerequisite for any IoT solution is the ability to collect and aggregate device data, which is most often presented in a dashboard. The problem is that viewing data in a dashboard requires a human to interpret the results and take manual action, which doesn’t scale to the needs of IoT.
When building large, cloud-based applications that operate at a high scale, it’s important to maintain a high availability and resilience to failures. In order to do that, you must be tolerant of failures, even in light of failures in other areas of your application. “Fly two mistakes high” is an old adage in the radio control airplane hobby. It means, fly high enough so that if you make a mistake, you can continue flying with room to still make mistakes. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Lee...
Internet of @ThingsExpo has announced today that Chris Matthieu has been named tech chair of Internet of @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 6thInternet of @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Continuous testing helps bridge the gap between developing quickly and maintaining high quality products. But to implement continuous testing, CTOs must take a strategic approach to building a testing infrastructure and toolset that empowers their team to move fast. Download our guide to laying the groundwork for a scalable continuous testing strategy.
What does it look like when you have access to cloud infrastructure and platform under the same roof? Let’s talk about the different layers of Technology as a Service: who cares, what runs where, and how does it all fit together. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Lead Technology Evangelist at SoftLayer, an IBM company, spoke about the picture being painted by IBM Cloud and how the tools being crafted can help fill the gaps in your IT infrastructure.
CenturyLink has announced that application server solutions from GENBAND are now available as part of CenturyLink’s Networx contracts. The General Services Administration (GSA)’s Networx program includes the largest telecommunications contract vehicles ever awarded by the federal government. CenturyLink recently secured an extension through spring 2020 of its offerings available to federal government agencies via GSA’s Networx Universal and Enterprise contracts. GENBAND’s EXPERiUS™ Application...
Much of IT terminology is often misused and misapplied. Modernization and transformation are two such terms. They are often used interchangeably even though they mean different things and have very different connotations. Indeed, it is somewhat safe to assume that in IT any transformative effort is likely to also have a modernizing effect, and thus, we can see these as levels of improvement efforts. However, many businesses are being led to believe if they don’t transform now they risk becoming ...
"We provide DevOps solutions. We also partner with some key players in the DevOps space and we use the technology that we partner with to engineer custom solutions for different organizations," stated Himanshu Chhetri, CTO of Addteq, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
SYS-CON Events announced today the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp, being held November 1-2, 2016, in conjunction with 19th Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp is not just based on presentations but with hands-on demos and detailed walkthroughs. We will introduce you to a variety of real world use cases prototyped using Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, Spark, and Intel Edison. Y...
Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, John Newton, CTO, Founder and Chairman of Alfresco, described how to scale cloud-based content management repositories to store, manage, and retrieve billions of documents and related information with fast and linear scalability. He addres...
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Am...
Aspose.Total for .NET is the most complete package of all file format APIs for .NET as offered by Aspose. It empowers developers to create, edit, render, print and convert between a wide range of popular document formats within any .NET, C#, ASP.NET and VB.NET applications. Aspose compiles all .NET APIs on a daily basis to ensure that it contains the most up to date versions of each of Aspose .NET APIs. If a new .NET API or a new version of existing APIs is released during the subscription peri...
SYS-CON Events announced today that LeaseWeb USA, a cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. LeaseWeb is one of the world's largest hosting brands. The company helps customers define, develop and deploy IT infrastructure tailored to their exact business needs, by combining various kinds cloud solutions.
Adding public cloud resources to an existing application can be a daunting process. The tools that you currently use to manage the software and hardware outside the cloud aren’t always the best tools to efficiently grow into the cloud. All of the major configuration management tools have cloud orchestration plugins that can be leveraged, but there are also cloud-native tools that can dramatically improve the efficiency of managing your application lifecycle. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, ...
As companies gain momentum, the need to maintain high quality products can outstrip their development team’s bandwidth for QA. Building out a large QA team (whether in-house or outsourced) can slow down development and significantly increases costs. This eBook takes QA profiles from 5 companies who successfully scaled up production without building a large QA team and includes: What to consider when choosing CI/CD tools How culture and communication can make or break implementation