While government agencies snoop into the private lives of Americans, Congress maintains a stone wall around trillions of dollars in public contracts. Just before their Christmas break, lawmakers quietly renewed the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program, an oxymorically titled law that blocks disclosure of Pentagon spending.
The only thing “comprehensive” about the program is its blanket blockade of subcontractor data. With its latest renewal, the aging “test program” will turn 27 years old in 2017.
Said Lloyd Chapman, president of the California-based American Small Business League, “It eliminates transparency and eliminates penalties” for noncompliance. Chapman, in an interview, went on to note that Fortune 500 companies such as Verizon are reaping windfalls under CSPTP, and taxpayers are paying the price.
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