These two articles came across my desk this morning:
Basically put, this was a law put in place calling for minority-owned companies to receive 5% of Defense contracting dollars.
What did Congress have to say on this issue?
The court ruled that since Congress did not have strong enough evidence of discrimination against minority contractors by the Defense Department, the law violates the Constitution’s equal rights protection.
Or to quote:
“Because Congress did not have a ‘strong basis in evidence’ upon which to conclude that DOD was a passive participant in pervasive, nationwide racial discrimination … the statute fails strict scrutiny,” Chief Judge Paul R. Michel wrote in Tuesday’s decision.
So, what does this mean for the future?
Technically on paper this means that all qualified defense contractors will be able to put up for bid to compete on projects – and then the “Lowest Price” effectively will win every time.
This will certainly raise the chances that not only will smaller defense contractors find it harder to compete with “WalMart” sized defense contractors, but we’ll see the already shrinking budgets being delivered to an even smaller minority of majority contractors.
Only time will tell whether the court ruling on its ‘lack of evidence’ will continue to be so apparent.