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…

“Gardening Club” Air Freight Cartel Investigation

The European Commission fined 14 freight forwarding companies, including UPS and two subsidiaries of Agility Public Warehousing Co. KSC, a total of €169 million (US$225 million) for operating an air freight cartel on routes between Europe, the United States, China, and Hong Kong from 2002 to 2007. The Commission alleged the companies had coordinated their prices and surcharges for door-to-door air freight forwarding services, using the names of vegetables as code words to conceal their collusion. UPS and two subsidiaries were fined a total of €9.8 million (US$13 million); Agility’s subsidiaries were fined €5 million (US$6.6 million).

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Fine Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
United Parcel Service, Inc. $13,014,123
Agility $6,607,993
Further Information Released
European Commission Press Release 3/28/2012

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database