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…

Owens Valley Dust Mitigation Contracts Overbilling

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power filed a federal lawsuit against CH2M Hill alleging it and its subcontractors overbilled the utility on contracts to control dust on the dry bed of Owens Lake. The lawsuit alleged that CH2M Hill conspired to defraud the DWP by preparing and approving artificially inflated work invoices. An audit conducted in 2007 found several instances of questionable charges totaling approximately $2.6 million. The lawsuit was settled in July 2009 for an undisclosed amount.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Filing
Contractors Involved Penalty
CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd. Undisclosed
Further Information Released
Audit of Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Project 5/11/2010
Complaint 5/11/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database