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…

Violation of Migratory Bird Protection Law

The U.S. government charged Exxon Mobil with violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The charges involve the deaths of approximately 85 protected birds at Exxon drilling and production facilities in Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas between 2004 and 2009. The government alleged that most of the birds died after exposure to hydrocarbons in uncovered natural gas well reserve pits and waste water storage facilities. Exxon agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor violations of the law. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Exxon will be sentenced to three years of probation (during which Exxon must implement an environmental compliance plan designed to keep birds from coming into contact with contaminated waters at its facilities in the five affected states), pay a criminal fine of $400,000 (to be deposited into the federally-administered North American Wetlands Conservation Fund), make $200,000 in community service payments, and pay a $250 special assessment.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Pleaded Guilty
Date of Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Exxon Mobil $600,250
Further Information Released
Exxon 10-Q (excerpt) 10/24/2009
Plea Agreement 10/24/2009
USAO Press Release 10/24/2009

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database