Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Mischarging of Labor Hours at LLNL

The University of California agreed to pay almost $3.9 million to settle alleged False Claims Act violations involving charges for labor hours on energy research projects at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the 1990s. The government claimed that managers in the lab’s energy research arm had inappropriately charged $2.2 million in overhead expenses to research projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The case began when former lab employee Michelle Doggett told supervisors and university investigators of improper charges being made to energy research accounts. Doggett later sued the University for whistleblower retaliation and reached an out-of-court settlement for nearly $1 million. See related University of California instance, “Whistleblower Retaliation at LLNL (Doggett).”

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Media Account
Contractors Involved Penalty
University of California $3,897,366
Further Information Released
DOE-IG Report (exceprt) 4/7/2009

See also:

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database