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…

April 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill — Federal, State, and Local Civil Settlement

The federal government and the governments of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas filed civil lawsuits against BP and other companies for the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In September 2014, a court found BP grossly negligent and Halliburton, which performed cementing work on the rig, negligent. The court apportioned 67 percent of the blame to BP, 30 percent to rig owner Transocean, and 3 percent to Halliburton. In July 2015, BP reached agreements in principle with federal, state, and local governments to settle all civil claims for $18.7 billion. The agreement included a $5.5 billion Clean Water Act penalty, $7.1 billion in natural resource damages, $5.9 billion to settle state and local economic damage claims, and $600 million for other claims, including reimbursement of natural resource damage assessment costs and other unreimbursed federal expenses.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Federal Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
BP P.L.C. $18,700,000,000

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database