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…

Retaliatory Lawsuit

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ordered Southern Air to withdraw a lawsuit it filed against nine former employees and pay them more than $7.9 million in wages, damages, and legal fees. Southern Air filed a defamation lawsuit against the former employees in Connecticut Superior Court in May 2008 after some of the workers raised air carrier safety concerns with Southern Air, OSHA, and the Federal Aviation Administration. The workers, all former flight crew members, subsequently filed a whistleblower complaint with OSHA, which found the company’s lawsuit was filed in retaliation for the workers’ protected activities under the whistleblower provisions of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR21).

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Labor – OSHA
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Order Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Patriot Team $7,933,789
Further Information Released
OSHA Press Release 4/7/2009

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database