Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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California Institute of Technology

4 instances of misconduct since 1995 | $10.0M in penalties

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers programs in areas such as chemistry and chemical engineering, geological and planetary sciences, physics, math, astronomy, humanities, social sciences, and engineering. The school receives about half of its operating revenue through research grants, primarily from government agencies. Its professors and graduates have snared a total of 31 Nobel Prizes; other alumni include filmmaker Frank Capra and Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt. Caltech operates the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which supervises Mars exploration programs and other interplanetary missions, under contract to NASA. The school was founded in 1891.

Correspondence Date
Letter to Caltech 10/19/2006
Second Letter to Caltech 11/17/2006
Third Letter to Caltech 6/4/2008
FY Rank Contract Awards
2021 #37 $2,385.9M
2020 #27 $2,832.4M
2019 #25 $3,054.1M
2018 #25 $2,727.9M
2017 #30 $2,361.0M
2016 #26 $2,149.1M
2015 #29 $1,865.9M
2014 #29 $1,726.6M
2013 #35 $1,716.0M
2012 #41 $1,687.0M
2011 #41 $1,646.4M

4 Instances of Misconduct since 1995

1 additional instance of misconduct pending resolution.

Date Instance Penalty
4/3/2020 EEOC Age Bias Suit
California Institute of Technology
11/13/2014 Troian v. Caltech (Whistleblower Retaliation)
California Institute of Technology
7/12/2012 NCAA Reprimand
California Institute of Technology
4/14/2010 Coppedge v. Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Religious Discrimination)
California Institute of Technology
1/4/2002 Moore v. California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory (False Claims Act)
California Institute of Technology

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