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 the E-Rate Program in Texas

Hewlett-Packard agreed to pay the United States over $16 million to settle a civil lawsuit alleging that the company violated the False Claims Act in connection with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) E-Rate program, which uses funds collected from customers to provide Internet service to needy schools and libraries. The FCC alleged that contractors working with HP and other companies lavished gifts (including yacht cruises and Super Bowl tickets) on Dallas and Houston school district personnel between 2002 and 2005 in order to get inside information on and win contracts. Of the settlement amount, $7.4 million is attributable to the Dallas school district allegations, and $8.8 million is attributable to the Houston allegations. In settling, HP did not admit any wrongdoing or liability.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Settlement Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Hewlett-Packard Company $16,250,000
Further Information Released
Complaint 11/23/2010
FCC Press Release 11/23/2010
Settlement Agreement 11/23/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database