Sikorsky, Pentagon Target Of Lawsuit Over Small Business Access
A small-business advocate is fighting two behemoths in an effort to force the Pentagon to disclose a plan showing whether small businesses have access as suppliers of parts and services to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Lloyd Chapman, president of the American Small Business League, an advocacy group he founded in 2002, has been fighting a legal battle against the Department of Defense, demanding details about a contracting program he says benefits large military contractors.
Chapman won a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in federal court, but will be back in court later this year following a successful appeal by Sikorsky, the Stratford-based helicopter maker, and the Defense Department.
Chapman, of Petaluma, Calif., said the government's Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program has failed to increase subcontracting opportunities for small businesses as intended.