Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Underpayment of Gas Royalties on Gulf of Mexico Leases

Shell Oil agreed to pay $56 million to resolve claims that it underpaid royalties owed on natural gas produced from federal leases. The government alleged that Shell systematically underreported the value of natural gas that it produced on federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico from August 1, 1986 to December 31, 1999 and paid less in royalties than it owed to the Minerals Management Service of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Royal Dutch Shell PLC $56,000,000
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 4/7/2009

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database