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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…

False Claims Involving E-Rate Program in Missouri

AT&T Missouri (f/k/a Southwestern Bell Telephone L.P.) agreed to pay the United States $1.4 million to settle a civil lawsuit alleging that the company violated the False Claims Act in connection with the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate program, which uses funds collected from customers to provide Internet service to needy schools and libraries. The government contended that AT&T Missouri provided false information to the E-Rate program, engaged in non-competitive bidding practices for E-Rate contracts, colluded with Kansas City school officials to award contracts to the company, extended contracts in violation of E-Rate rules and provided meals and other inducements to school system employees.

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
FCC
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Announcement
10/13/2009
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
AT&T Inc. $1,400,000
Further Information Released
Complaint 10/24/2009
DOJ Press Release 10/24/2009

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database