National Civic Art Society, Represented by Jones Day, Obtains Eisenhower Memorial Competition Docs Via FOIA

[For media coverage of this announcement, see Roll Call’s story “House Appropriations Investigators Probing Eisenhower Memorial Commission.”]

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National Civic Art Society, Represented by Jones Day, Obtains Eisenhower Memorial Competition Docs Via FOIA

On Wednesday, the global law firm Jones Day announced an important victory in the National Civic Art Society’s fight to stop Frank Gehry’s $150-million design for the National Eisenhower Memorial. Here is the firm’s announcement, which is backdated to the date of victory.

National Civic Art Society obtains release of GSA documents under FOIA

March 2014

Jones Day successfully appealed a decision of the General Services Administration, winning the release of the names of designers and firms that entered the portfolio-based competition to design the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, which is to be constructed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This was an important victory for pro-bono client National Civic Art Society in its campaign against the current proposal, which has been rejected by representatives of the Eisenhower family and the National Capital Planning Commission.

For additional information about this matter, please contact: Peter F. Garvin III, Craig I. Chosiad

NCAS has long alleged that the GSA-run “competition” Gehry won was rigged from the start–and we have extensively documented the numerous ways the competition violated  GSA’s own rules and regulations.

NCAS President Justin Shubow commented, “Piece-by-piece, we are forcing GSA to divulge information regarding its secretive, closed, and undemocratic competition. We will not stop digging until we can prove the winner was pre-ordained from the start.”

Below please find the list of the competition’s entrants as we received it. It contains numerous typos. GSA still refuses to turn over the names of the members of the Jury and Evaluation Board.

Also, demonstrating just how small the pool of entrants was in the closed competition, our FOIA investigation uncovered that none of the entrants was a minority-owned firm, only 6 were owned by women, and only 11 were small-business firms. The process favored large and established firms with extensive portfolios.

Furthermore, NCAS believes our victory is significant beyond the Memorial competition. It could well be the first time anyone has ever been able to force GSA to release the names of the entrants in a Design Excellence competition, the process it uses to award hundreds of millions of dollars in federal building contracts each year. If our victory is precedential, it means we can obtain such information in every instance.


Source Selection Information: See FAR 3.104
Reference No. EMC-WPC-08-5019
A-E Design Services for the New National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, Wash., DC
Proposal Receipt Date, Place and Time: 10/08/08; ROB Room 1065, 3:00 PM EST

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