NASA Sued over Small Business Contracts with Defense Giants

Thursday, June 17, 2010

An organization representing small businesses is suing NASA because the space agency refuses to release records of its contracts. The American Small Business League suspects NASA has improperly awarded contracts intended for small businesses to United Space Alliance, a company co-owned by defense giants Lockheed Martin and Boeing. Efforts to obtain copies of NASA contracts with United Space Alliance through the Freedom of Information Act have been unsuccessful, the league claims.

The organization has previously sued other federal operations, including the U.S. Army and the Department of Energy, to learn if they have complied with U.S. government guidelines for small business contracts. The federal government as a whole is supposed to award 23% of all contracts each year to small businesses.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
American Small Business League v. NASA (U.S. District Court, Northern California) (pdf)


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