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Terry Sutherland’s Appearance Explained with New SBA Fraud Protection Policy

3:19 pm in Uncategorized by Lloyd Chapman

I have been wondering why one of the most tenured and experience Pentagon spokesmen suddenly popped up at one of the smallest agencies in government, the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Portrait of Terry Sutherland

Sympathy for the devil.

It makes perfect sense. Terry Sutherland is there to help journalists understand why the SBA needs a policy to create a “safe harbor” from penalties for firms that are guilty of the fraud that is absolutely not happening at the SBA.

Terry Sutherland is there to help the public understand why the SBA needs a policy to essentially legalize the fraud that has not been uncovered in over a dozen federal investigations and countless reports in the mainstream media. They have not all found hundreds of billions of dollars in federal small business contracts that have actually wound up in the hands of some of the biggest corporations in the world.

Commander Cover-Up has taken over the SBA Press Office to help journalists understand they need a new “safe harbor “policy to protect fraudulent firms from penalties because Lloyd Chapman is a conspiracy nut.  CNN did not uncover wide spread fraud in a federal program designed to help small businesses.

Terry Sutherland is there to help the mainstream media understand there is no fraud in SBA managed programs. That’s why the Government Accountability Office released Report 10-108 that stated, “By failing to hold firms accountable, SBA and contracting agencies have sent a message to the contracting community that there is no punishment or consequences for committing fraud.”

Terry Sutherland is just there to help the media clearly understand that even though the SBA Inspector General has named the diversion of federal small business contracts to big businesses as the number one problem in the SBA ever year for a decade, there is no fraud at the SBA. That’s why the SBA needs a new policy to protect fraudulent firms with a “safe harbor” from penalties.

I hope it’s clear to everyone the fact that one of the Pentagon’s top cover-up hit men went from the largest agency in government to a teeny tiny agency with a budget that is .001% of the Pentagon’s budget because there is no fraud at the SBA or the Pentagon.

And of course Lloyd Chapman is just a conspiracy nut with his 40 national television appearances, his endless press releases and blogs and his 30 legal victories over the federal government and his Bill in Congress, H.R. 1622.

Federal law mandates a penalty of not more than 10 years in prison, a $500,000 fine per occurrence, or both, for big businesses that misrepresent themselves as small businesses to hijack federal small business contracts.

Since there is clearly no fraud in SBA managed small business contracting programs, Terry Sutherland simply wants everyone in the media to understand that’s why the SBA has proposed a new “safe harbor” from penalties for firms that commit fraud.

SBA Magic Trick Turns Thousands of Big Businesses into Small Ones

1:01 pm in Uncategorized by Lloyd Chapman

Seal of the Small Business Administration

Legalistic trickery threatens to turn fraudulent big corporations into legal businesses.

On Monday morning July 14, thousands of big businesses will instantly become small businesses again. The Small Business Administration (SBA) will perform this magical miracle with just two quiet policy changes.

Hounded for over a decade for diverting billions of dollars in federal small business contracts to big businesses, the SBA has finally come up with a very creative solution to their dilemma. Adopt phony baloney polices under the guise of “helping small businesses” that turn all the big businesses the SBA has been including in their small business contracting data for over a decade into small businesses.

Abracadabra! Thousands of small businesses suddenly appear. Shazam! Problem solved!

The SBA has displayed an astounding mystical magnitude of slight of hand and misdirection that would make David Copperfield proud.

Every year for a decade the SBA’s pesky Office of Inspector General has named the diversion of federal small business contracts to big businesses as the number one problem at the SBA. The SBA is sick and tired of investigative journalists at NBC, CBS, ABC and CNN making them look bad with their facts and accurate data.

The SBA won’t have to take that anymore. Their new smoke and mirrors policies will take thousands of firms that were guilty of felony federal contracting fraud last year and, presto chango, no more fraud. Siegfried and Roy never came up with a magic trick better than this one.

According to the latest data from the U. S. Census Bureau, 98% of all American firms have less than 100 employees and the average American firm has approximately 12 employees. SBA’s magical powers and policies have turned companies that are 100 times larger than the average American firm into small businesses. SBA mystical, magical policies have turned companies that are 15 times larger than 98% of all U.S. firms into small businesses.

Now the SBA is even adopting a new policy that legalizes fraud. They’re creating a “safe harbor” to protect large firms that have fraudulently misrepresented themselves as small businesses to hijack small business contracts.

If you would like to tell the SBA what you think about their new magical policies to turn big businesses back into small ones, you can send comments to here.

SBA Expected to Release Fraudulent and Falsified Small Business Data Soon

3:30 pm in Uncategorized by Lloyd Chapman

Every year about this time the Small Business Administration (SBA) issues a press release claiming the federal government barely missed the 23% small business contracting goal required by law.

Seal of the Small Business Administration

The real job creators suffer after cuts to the Small Business Administration.

In reality the Obama Administration has never come anywhere close to reaching the minimum 23% small business-contracting goal. Based on all the information I have been able to obtain under the Freedom of Information Act, I estimate legitimate small businesses in America are currently receiving no more than 5% of all federal contracts and subcontracts.

The SBA’s favorite time to release their annual falsified and fabricated small business contracting data is late on a Friday afternoon. Over the last few years they have shown a particular fondness for releasing this information just before a three-day weekend. Since they know the information they are releasing is totally false, they want to release it as quietly as possible to reduce any chance some journalist might possibly question their findings.

As it has been for the last dozen or more years, the SBA will include billions of dollars in federal contracts to many of the largest corporate giants around the world in their small businesses contracting data.

According to the data from the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) in 2012, 235 Fortune 500 firms were included in the SBA’s small business contracting data. In 2013, the FPDS shows 175.

Since President Obama has taken office some of the firms that have been included in the SBA’s small business contracting data include Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle, Boeing, Rolls-Royce, British Aerospace and Engineering (BAE), Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Chevron, Apple, AT&T, CVS, Verizon, UPS, Bank of America, Home Depot, Target, Microsoft, Wells Fargo, Pepsi, Disney, U.S. Bank, Lockheed Martin, Coca-Cola, Sears, American Airlines, J.P.  Morgan Chase & Co., Citigroup and even more.

If by some miracle some journalist does question the inclusion of hundreds of Fortune 500 firms in the SBA’s small business data, the SBA will no doubt stick to their standard excuses of miscoding, anomalies, computer glitches and simple human error.

Not one journalist in a decade has ever thought to ask anyone from the SBA why these random errors do not have a random pattern of distribution. Errors like miscoding and computer glitches would have a random pattern of distribution like flipping a coin. For every contract to a large business that was accidentally miscoded as a small business contract, there would be a contract to a small business that was miscoded as a large business contract.

Why hasn’t any journalist ever asked anyone at the SBA why these alleged random errors always seem to divert small business funds to big business? Duh!

The Pentagon’s top PR conman, Terry Sutherland or Commander Cover-Up as he is known around Washington, has quietly taken over as SBA Press Office Director.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he tried something really tricky this year. They may even have some unknown SBA staffer quietly releasing the data on a blog. Who knows, they may even try and avoid the traditional confrontation we have every year and sneak the fraudulent and blatantly falsified report out with some new clandestine ploy.  

We play this little game every year. They come out and claim they just missed the 23% goal and I release a barrage of press releases and blogs telling the truth that most of the funds they claim went to small businesses actually wound up in the hands of some of the largest corporate giants in the U.S. and even Europe.

Here are some fun links to my previous blogs and press releases on the SBA from the last few years. Occasionally the mainstream media has joined me in questioning the accuracy of the SBA’s small business data.

The SBA has come up with some new tricks to finally stop the controversy around diverting billions of dollars in small business contracts to big businesses. They are rolling out new policies this month to make thousands of big businesses suddenly become small businesses. It’s like magic but more evil, sinister and fraudulent.

So here we go again. I’m predicting the data will be released very, very soon. I’m guessing they may try something new this year. Commander Cover-Up is very skilled at his job of duping the media. The media also seems very good at being duped.

I guess we will just have to wait and see what type of media dodging tactics the SBA has up their sleeve for this year. Stay tuned!

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Does Terry Sutherland Prove The Pentagon Runs The Small Business Administration?

3:04 pm in Uncategorized by Lloyd Chapman

Read the Small Business Administration (SBA) press release announcing that retired Naval Commander Terry Sutherland is taking over as Press Office Director of the SBA.

Portrait of Terry Sutherland

Was Terry Sutherland sent from the Pentagon to dismantle the SBA?

It states, “Terry Sutherland reported as the Director, Press Office, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington D.C. in April 2013.”

The second paragraph says, “Prior to this assignment he served from 2009-2013 as the Director, Corporate Communications, for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency…”

I would imagine that Terry Sutherland almost certainly wrote that press release. He at least reviewed it before it went out. Look at the statement that he “reported” as the Press Office Director. Who refers to taking a new job as “reported?” People working for the Pentagon do.

How about the statement, “Prior to this assignment…” It sounds like he was given an “assignment” to “report” to the SBA as Press Office Director. Who gets an “assignment” to  “report” to a new position? People that work for the Pentagon do.

When you read that press release it sounds like Terry Sutherland was ordered to “report” to his new “assignment” as SBA Press Office Director by the Pentagon.

I have already written about the astounding fact that one of the most tenured and experienced spokesmen for the largest agency in government, the Pentagon, would suddenly take over the Press Office of one of the smallest agencies in government, the Small Business Administration. I’ve written about the fact the SBA budget is .001% of the Pentagon’s budget. I have written about the fact Terry Sutherland went from the Pentagon spokesman in stories such as “China Threatens U.S. With Missile Strike”, “U.S. Team In China For Look At Spy Plane” and “Defense Agency Proposes Outsourcing More Spying” to “National Small Business Week hosting training and webinars and online events May 12-15.”

I think Terry Sutherland’s sudden appearance at the SBA is part of a larger plan by the Pentagon to bring an end to all federal small business programs. Current federal law requires a minimum of 23% of the total value of all federal contracts to be awarded to small businesses. The Pentagon’s largest prime contractors want 100% of all contracts awarded by the federal government. The only way to achieve that goal is to eliminate the federal laws and policies that require that and the agency that manages those programs.

The Pentagon has always been behind the efforts to close the SBA by combing it with the Department of Commerce. They tried it during the Reagan Administration and they tried it again under the Obama Administration.

Over the last two years the SBA budget has been slashed more than any federal agency in history. The annual operating budget for the SBA has been cut by more than 25% in just 24 months.

Now the SBA has announced several new policies that will essentially legalize fraud. The SBA has proposed new small business size standards that will allow hundreds of Pentagon contractors that were before illegally included in federal small business contracting data to be now legally considered small businesses. Many of these firms are 100 times larger than the average American small business. According to the US Census Bureau, 98% of all U.S. firms have less than 100 employees. The new SBA policies will allow firms 15 times larger than that to be considered small businesses.

So I don’t think the sudden appearance of one of the Pentagon’s most senior PR officers at the SBA is just a coincidence. I believe Terry Sutherland received his “assignment” to “report” to the SBA by the Pentagon to preside over the Pentagon’s latest attempt to dismantle the SBA and all federal programs for American small businesses.

Terry Sutherland’s job is to make sure no journalists report on what is actually happening at the SBA. His job is to make sure no journalist writes about the fact the SBA Office of Inspector General has found the diversion of federal small business contracts to large businesses as the number one problem at the SBA for close to a decade. Later this summer when the SBA announces the federal government has just missed the 23% small business-contacting goal, Terry Sutherland’s job will be to make sure no journalist reports that in reality, most of the money the SBA will claim was awarded to small businesses actually went to some of the largest firms in the world.

If you would like to have some fun with Commander Cover-Up, as we like to call Terry here at the American Small Business League, here is a link to some questions he won’t answer.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard McKeon Loves Pentagon Anti-Small Business Program

8:52 am in Uncategorized by Lloyd Chapman

House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Howard P. McKeon likes the Pentagon’s 25 year old anti-small business, anti-transparency, anti-middle class test program so much he has voted to extend it into its 28th year of testing.

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Bill, H.R. 4435 includes an extension of the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program (CSPTP) until 2017. The Pentagon adopted the CSPTP in 1990 under the guise of testing changes in federal contracting law to determine if those changes would increase subcontracting opportunities for small businesses.

The changes the Pentagon felt should help small businesses were the elimination of any subcontracting plans and reports that were available to the public and the elimination of “liquidated damages” for prime contractors that failed to achieve their small business subcontracting goals.

Anyone with the I.Q. north of a gerbil’s can see the CSPTP was not adopted to increase subcontracting opportunities for small business. It was adopted to help some of the Pentagon’s largest prime contractors violate federal contracting law, cheat small businesses out of billions of dollars and hide all the evidence of that fact.  

It is not surprising that during the 25 years the CSPTP has been tested, the Pentagon has consistently refused to release any data on the test program. Especially anything that showed that the elimination of transparency and any penalties for prime contractors actually increased subcontracting opportunities for small businesses.

Congressman McKeon’s own language in the Chairman’s Mark of the FY15 National Defense Authorization Bill acknowledges there has never been any evidence the test program has increased subcontracting opportunities for small businesses. Knowing that, Congressman McKeon in his infinite wisdom has voted to renew it into its 28th year of testing.

In the Chairman’s Mark, McKeon states,“ However, after nearly 24 years since the original authorization of the program, the test program has yet to provide evidence that it meets the original stated goal of the program…

A 2004 Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigation into the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program also concluded there was no evidence the program had increased subcontracting opportunities for small businesses.

In 2010 several members of Congress requested another GAO investigation into the CSPTP but the GAO declined to launch the investigation.

Based on all of the information I have seen, I estimate small businesses have been defrauded out of well over one trillion dollars in subcontracts since the “Test Program” began 1990.

I have launched a legal challenge to the CSPTP. The American Small Business League (ASBL) is suing the Pentagon in Federal District Court in San Francisco after the Pentagon refused to release any subcontracting data from the CSPTP under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program is an obvious loophole in federal contracting law that allows the Pentagon and its largest prime contractors to cheat small businesses and the middle class out of billions of dollars. I’m sure Congressman McKeon’s belief that this anti-small business program needs to be renewed into its 28th year has nothing to do with the fact that according to OpenSecret.org, no member of the House Armed Services Committee has received more money from the defense industry than he has.

Congressman McKeon likes to be referred to as Buck. Considering the amount of money he has received from the defense industry I think we should all start calling him “Big Bucks McKeon”.

I continue to be astonished, amazed and disappointed by the fact that not one journalist from the mainstream media has ever reported on this blatant Pentagon scam in 25 years. Let me say that again, in a quarter of a century, no journalist from the mainstream media, not one, has ever reported on the 25 year old Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program.

Anti-Small Business Policies Prove Depth of Government Corruption

4:03 pm in Uncategorized by Lloyd Chapman

Over the last twenty-five years three U.S. Presidents and thousands of members of Congress have continually approved some of the most anti-small business, anti-middle class federal programs in history.

Microsoft sign in front of company research building

Just one of many small businesses awarded small business contracts by the US government.

U.S. Census Bureau data indicates small businesses are responsible for over 90% of net new jobs, over 50% of the private sector workforce, over 50% of the Gross Domestic Product and over 90% of all U.S. exports.

The single largest federal program in history to assist small businesses, stimulate the middle class economy and create jobs is the Small Business Act of 1953. Today federal law based on the original Small Business Act requires that a minimum of 23% of all federal contracts be awarded to small businesses.

For over 11 years a series of federal investigations and investigative reports in the media have found billions of dollars a year in federal small business contracts that have been knowingly diverted to Fortune 500 firms and corporate giants around the world. ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN have all covered the rampant fraud in federal small business contracting programs.

Some of the firms that have been uncovered as receiving federal small business contracts include IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Microsoft, Dell, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Chevron, Apple, General Electric, AT&T, Verizon, Citigroup, Boeing, UPS, John Deere, Thales in France, Rosoboronexport in Russia, Ssangyong Co. in South Korea, Finmeccanica in Italy, Buhrmann N.V. in Holland and British Aerospace Engineering (BAE) and Rolls-Royce in England.

One of the ways that this fraud and abuse has been allowed to occur, even endorsed, is via the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program.  The program began in 1990 and eliminated all transparency, along with any and all penalties for non-compliance with federal small business subcontracting goals for the Pentagon’s largest prime contractors.  The purpose of the “Test Program” was to determine if this would increase subcontracting opportunities for small businesses.

Let me emphasize this was a “Test Program.” Think of the insanity of a program that eliminates transparency and penalties for the Pentagon’s largest prime contractors and then tests it for 25 years to see if it helps small businesses. Even the language in the FY15 National Defense Authorization Bill that will renew the “Test Program” admits it has failed, yet Congress and President Obama intend to renew it for three more years through 2017.

Our government is going to renew this anti-small business, anti-middle class, anti-job creation scam into its 28th year and no one is objecting but me? Astounding!

If you are a Democrat, Progressive, Republican, Conservative, Libertarian or however you chose to describe your political views, realize this. Not one of the politicians you support has ever stood up to oppose any of the federal government’s anti-small business policies. NOT ONE!

Much like they say you can tell a lot about people by the way they treat animals, I think you can tell everything about politicians by how they treat small businesses. Remember, small businesses are where most Americans work and where most of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product is created, yet politicians continue to turn a blind eye towards anti-small businesses policies that affect the very people who got them elected.

The fact that Fortune 500 firms have been allowed to fraudulently and illegally hijack trillions of dollars in federal small business contracts for over 11 years with no repercussions proves how corrupt the government actually is.

The fact Congress and President Obama will renew the anti-small business, anti-transparency Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program into its 28th year of testing without objection from the American people must mean one of two things. Either the government thinks Americans are apathetic, uninformed, delusional fools who don’t care about small business, or they are confident that a lack of media coverage will allow them to slide in anti-small business policies right under all of our noses.

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Congress to Renew 25 Year Old Pentagon Test Program to “Help” Small Businesses by Eliminating Transparency

1:29 pm in Uncategorized by Lloyd Chapman

Government Accountability Office seal

The GAO calls it a bad idea … but who listens to those dirty hippies anyway?

Congress and President Obama are set to renew a 25 year old Pentagon test program. The Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program (CSPTP) was developed to determine if removing all transparency from federal small business contracting programs for the Pentagon’s largest prime contractors would increase subcontracting opportunities for small businesses. That makes sense right?

Then to really sweeten the deal for small businesses and increase subcontracting opportunities, the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program totally eliminates all penalties such as “liquidated damages” for prime contractors that do not comply with their small business contracting goals. Genius!!!

This all sounds like a really amazing opportunity for small businesses. Current federal law, The Small Business Act of 1953, requires that a minimum of 23% of all federal contracts and subcontracts be awarded to small businesses. Obviously, eliminating all transparency and public access to the reports used to determine if prime contractors are complying with their small business goals will cause subcontracting opportunities for small businesses to skyrocket. The elimination of any penalties for non-compliance is a total bonus for small businesses. What took them so long to come up with this fantastic idea?

Oh wait, did I mention the part about testing it for the last 25 years? How about the part where the Pentagon has refused to release any data on the results of the “Test Program” for a quarter of a century? Clearly, they don’t want to jump to any conclusions. Anything worth doing is worth doing right, I say.

Those wacky conspiracy nuts over at the Government Accountability Office just don’t get what a sweet deal this is for small businesses. Ten years ago they issued the results of an investigation, GAO-04-381, that found no data showing that the Pentagon “Test Program” had ever helped small businesses in any way.

Those guys at the GAO are so suspicious. Don’t they know that all the men and women that work at the Pentagon and in the defense industry are American heroes? Have they not seen the Sunday TV news shows with those fantastic Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman ads talking about how they are helping to protect this great nation of ours? You would have to be a paranoid conspiracy nut with a tin foil hat if you don’t realize that the men and women at the Pentagon only have the best interest of American small businesses at heart.

I think even Congress is getting a little paranoid. The language in the 2015 Defense Authorization Bill Section 811 says, “However, after nearly 24 years since the original authorization of the program, the test program has yet to provide evidence that it meets the original stated goal of the program…

DUH! In just 25 years how can you expect the Pentagon to adequately test if removing all transparency and eliminating all penalties for non-compliance with federal small business contracting goals would actually increase subcontracting opportunities for small businesses?

House Small Business Committee Chair Sam Graves is right: The Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program clearly needs to be renewed until 2017. That would give the Pentagon 28 years to see if the “Test Program” works.

I think the Pentagon is on to something. I’m thinking we could dramatically streamline government and get some really impressive results if we applied the same principal used in the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program to other areas of government.

The IRS should immediately launch a 25 year test program to determine if eliminating tax returns and any penalties for not paying your income taxes increases tax revenue. Tax revenues should hit an all time high!

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Terry Sutherland Is On My Case And I Couldn’t Be Happier About It

9:07 am in Uncategorized by Lloyd Chapman

Terry Sutherland

I am so happy that I was apparently causing so much trouble for the Pentagon and the Small Business Administration (SBA) that I warranted one of the Pentagon’s most experienced PR hit men to try and shut me up. I must be doing something right if I get the same guy that ran the Defense Intelligence Agency’s smear campaign against the Able Danger 9/11 whistleblowers. I just discovered the other day that the man that ran the top secret Able Danger operation has even done some of the same TV news shows that I have done like RT’s Breaking The Set.

In April 2013 Terry Sutherland/Commander Cover-Up left his position as Director of Corporate Communications at the Pentagon Force Protection Agency and quietly took over the SBA Press Office. That’s not unusual is it? A retired naval commander with 20 years of experience as a spokesman for the largest federal agency in Washington suddenly pops up at the smallest agency in Washington to take control of their press office? I mean what could possibly be so important at the little old SBA that would require the services of Commander Cover-Up? It’s not like billions of dollars in felony federal contracting fraud have been uncovered in SBA managed programs. It’s just miscoding, computer glitches, simple human error and anomalies. I know that’s true because I saw a guy from the SBA on TV that said so.

In fact, I actually hear it’s a myth that large corporations get federal contracts intended for small businesses. It must be true because I read that in an SBA press release. Those SBA press releases can be so educational.

What do you suppose the Director of CORPORATE Communications did at the Pentagon? I bet it had something to do with corporations. What kind of corporations does the Pentagon work with? Oh, I know, it must be those Fortune 500 Pentagon contractors that have been lobbying to close the SBA and end all federal programs that have been around to help small businesses for the last 30 years. You know, the Fortune 500 Pentagon contractors that dozens of federal investigations and mainstream media investigative reports uncoveredwere hijacking billions of dollars in federal small business contracts.

I’m sure Terry Sutherland/Commander Cover-Up’s sudden appearance at the teeny, tiny SBA Press Office had absolutely nothing to do with the federal lawsuits I have filed under the Freedom of Information Act for fraudulent small business contracting data from several of the Pentagon’s largest contractors. Yeah, I’m sure it’s just an anomaly.

I’m sure as Director of the SBA Press Office Terry Sutherland/Commander Cover-Up has the best interest of small business in mind. He certainly would not be involved in any funny business to cover up rampant fraud at some of the Pentagon’s largest contractors.

Obviously, anyone who would think that a man like Terry Sutherland/Commander Cover-Up could possibly be involved in trying to help the same Pentagon corporate giants he worked with for 20 years to cover up billions of dollars in contracting fraud against small businesses would have to be a total and complete conspiracy nut.

Terry Sutherland was a commander in the Navy after all. He’s an American hero. He would never be involved in any systematic scams by some of the nation’s largest defense contractors to cheat America’s 28 million small businesses out of the 23% of all federal contracts and subcontracts required by federal law.

For question about the SBA Press Office and their intentions to stop small business contracting fraud, here is Terry Sutherland’s contact info. I’m sure he will be happy to answer any of your questions.

(202) 205-6919 | terrence.sutherland@sba.gov

American Express Article Recognizes Lloyd Chapman as Small Business Advocate

8:53 am in Uncategorized by Lloyd Chapman

I was very flattered when Kelly Spors included me in her article for American Express Open Forum titled, “Meet 4 People Giving Small Business a Big Voice in Washington.”

It is very rare that I get recognition of any kind for my 25 year battle with the federal government to stop the rampant fraud and abuse in federal small business programs. Usually any journalist that even speaks to me gets an angry conference call from the SBA or Pentagon Press Office berating their journalistic integrity.

I’m sure Kelly got one of those hostile conference calls from the current SBA Press Office Director and former Director of Corporate Communications for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, retired Naval Commander, Terry Sutherland. When you think about it, what better person to be the spokesman for the only agency in government to help small businesses than the former spokesman for Corporate Communications at the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. I don’t know about you, but when I think small business, my mind immediately goes to Pentagon Force Protecting Agency. But I digress.

Anyway, Kelly’s words were worth the wait: “Depending on whom you ask, Lloyd Chapman is either a crusader fighting for small businesses or an outspoken and litigious leader.” I especially appreciate the “litigious leader” part. I’m sure Kelly is referring to the 30 plus legal battles I have won against the federal government. I think some of my proudest accomplishments in life will be twice witnessing government attorneys sobbing in court after being berated by a federal judge.

I woke up this morning thinking about the American Express article and I began to remember other times when I have received rare moments of recognition.

I recall a journalist for the Washington Post that penned an article on the fraud in federal small business contracting that mentioned me. On her blog she compared me to a “junkyard dog for small business”. I love that. I am tempted to change the name of the American Small Business League to Junk Yard Dog for Small Business League. I think it’s very descriptive of what I actually do.

In December of 2010 Hispanic Business wrote an article about me titled, “In the SBA’s Face.” I love that title. That’s another possible new name for the American Small Business League, the In the SBA’s Face League. I think it’s also very descriptive of my activities and accomplishments.

In 2005 Entrepreneur magazine wrote an article about me that said, “Depending on whom you talk to, Texas born small business advocate Lloyd Chapman is either a modern day Cesar Chavez or a conspiracy theorist with a grudge. Either way, the SBA has learned he’s become hard to ignore.” The guys at the SBA and Pentagon Press Offices must have had a stroke when I was compared to Cesar Chavez. I could write a book and a movie script on what the feds did after that article came out, but that’s another story.

In 2011 the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists gave me the James Madison Freedom of Information Award. That was very nice. They had a lovely awards dinner for all of the recipients. I have that award hanging in my office.

When I think back to some of those events it makes me think I should seriously consider changing the name of the American Small Business League to something more visual. A name that is demonstrative and more empowering for me.

I might combine my favorites and begin to refer to myself as Lloyd Chapman, Modern Day Cesar Chavez, Conspiracy Theorist, James Madison Type, Junk Yard Dog For Small Business and President of the In The SBA’s Face League. I like that one but the plastic nametag for conventions would be rather large, not to mention heavy.

I am very, very grateful to Kelly Spors for the rare acknowledgment of my efforts. It gave me a little more momentum at just the right time. I just hope her ears are not still ringing from her conference call from the SBA’s Commander Cover-Up, Terry Sutherland.

(BTW, if you would like to contact Terry Sutherland and ask him what he thinks about Kelly’s article, here is his number and email: (202) 205-6919 terrence.sutherland@sba.gov)

Small Business Administration Refusing to Release Phone Records Under Freedom of Information Act

10:29 am in Uncategorized by Lloyd Chapman

Telephone

Commander Cover-Up Terry Sutherland is on the Job

In 2009 I requested the phone records for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Press Office Director Mike Stamler. I wound up in the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court refused to hear my case and Mike Stamler’s phone records remained secret.

What in the world was in Mike Stamler’s phone records that the SBA was willing to go to the U.S. Supreme Court to keep secret? I suspect those phone records would show that the SBA Press Office was working closely with the Pentagon to kill stories on the fact that billions of dollars a week in federal small business contracts are being diverted to some of the nation’s largest defense contractors.

I became interested in the SBA Press Office’s phone records again when one of the Pentagon’s top PR hit men, Commander Cover-Up, Terry Sutherland quietly took control of the SBA Press Office in April of 2013. The day before he took over the SBA Press Office, Sutherland was the Director of Corporate Communications for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. Sutherland had been one of the top spokesmen for the Pentagon for over 20 years. That’s a perfectly normal career path, right? You go from the spokesman for the single largest agency in government to the next day being the spokesman for the smallest agency in government. Nothing suspicious about that, right?

Sutherland was most famous for running the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) smear campaign against 9/11 whistle blower LTC Tony Shaffer of Able Danger fame. If you’re not familiar with LTC Shaffer, he was the guy that uncovered three of the 9/11 hijackers a year before the attacks. Instead of a medal, LTC Shaffer’s top security clearance was revoked and his credibility underwent a major attack by Commander Cover-Up Terrence Sutherland.

My suspicions about the SBA Press Office’s phone records must be valid. About a month ago, under the Freedom of Information Act, I requested the March phone records for SBA Press Office Director Carol Wilkerson. I received a letter from the new guardian of the TOP SECRET SBA phone records, the Cover-Up King himself, Terry Sutherland. Commander Cover-Up claims there are no phone records for Wilkerson. He stated, “The records show no long distance calls during that time period. Only outgoing long distance calls are recorded and maintained in a file, local calls are not.”

Two things are difficult, if not impossible, to believe. First off, who in the world would believe the Deputy Director of the SBA Press Office did not make a single long distance phone call in March? Not one single call?! Come on Terry! Second, the SBA has absolutely no records of any kind for calls that are not long distance? Yeah right!

So here we go again. I will be filing an appeal of the SBA’s refusal to provide the phone records I have requested. I’m sure they will stick to their BS story and then I will file my case against the SBA in Federal District Court in San Francisco.

I can’t wait to hear what the judge says when the lawyers for the SBA try to tell him they don’t have local phone records and their top level executives don’t make long distance calls. It should be very amusing.

Since the SBA has admitted that they do keep records for long distance calls, I will be requesting those very soon. I say the SBA is going to fight like hell to withhold those phone records because they will show that the SBA Press Office is doing something very, very nasty that they really don’t want us to know about. Could Terry Sutherland be involved in another smear campaign?

No! How could that be? Terry Sutherland was in the Navy and that makes him an American hero, doesn’t it? You would have to be a conspiracy nut to think that the former Director of Corporate Communications for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency would ever be involved in a cover-up of the intentional diversion of hundreds of billions of dollars in federal small business contracts to some of the nation’s largest defense contractors.  Read the rest of this entry →