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…

Jersey City Chromium Contamination Lawsuit

Three residents of Jersey City, New Jersey filed a class action lawsuit against Honeywell International and PPG Industries for health problems that allegedly arose or could arise from the presence of hexavalent chromium residue in sites located in the area. They alleged that, for several decades, Honeywell (as successor corporation to Mutual Chemical Company of America) and PPG (as successor corporation to Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company and Natural Refining Company) discharged or deposited hexavalent chromium and other chromium residues at numerous sites in Jersey City. Hexavalent chromium and a by-product called chromium ore processing residue (COPR) have been implicated as a potential cause of lung cancer in those who suffer long-term exposure. In November 2014, Honeywell settled the lawsuit for $10 million and no admission of liability or wrongdoing.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
Honeywell International Inc. $10,017,000
Further Information Released
Settlement Agreement 11/7/2014
Complaint 11/23/2010
Law Suit Info Web Page 11/23/2010

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database