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…

Piper Cherokee Airplane Crash

A Pennsylvania jury handed down an $89 million verdict against Textron’s Lycoming aircraft engine division, which was sued for a 1999 Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee accident in which three people were killed and one was seriously injured. The jury awarded $24.7 million in compensatory damages and $64 million in punitive damages, finding that Lycoming had manufactured a defective carburetor and failed to disclose the defects to the Federal Aviation Administration. According to a statement sent to POGO by Textron Systems: “Lycoming is disappointed with the verdict. Lycoming will aggressively pursue post trial motions and, if necessary, aggressively pursue an appeal.”

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Verdict Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Textron, Inc. $88,700,000
Further Information Released
Law Firm Press Release 7/14/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database