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…

U.S. v. Mix (Obstruction of Justice in April 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill)

Kurt Mix, a former drilling and completions project engineer at BP, was arrested in April 2012 on charges of intentionally destroying evidence requested by federal criminal authorities investigating the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Mix, who took part in efforts to stop the leak, was charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly deleting text records on his iPhone relating to the amount of oil flowing from the Macondo well after the explosion despite having been instructed by BP to retain all such records. In December 2013, Mix was convicted of one count of obstruction of justice. In June 2014, the court threw out the conviction and ordered a new trial after determining that the verdict had been influenced by remarks the jury forewoman overheard outside of the courtroom. In November 2015, Mix pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of computer fraud and abuse and was sentenced to six months of probation, 60 hours of community service, and a $25 special assessment.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Arrest
Contractors Involved Penalty
BP P.L.C. $25
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release (December 2013) 12/18/2013
Complaint and Affidavit 11/16/2012
DOJ Press Release (April 2012) 4/24/2012

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database