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…

NCAA Reprimand

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) gave Caltech a public reprimand and penalties for allowing 30 academically ineligible student-athletes to participate in 12 sports between 2007 and 2011. The infractions happened because of the school’s system of “class shopping,” where students attend classes for three weeks at the beginning of a term before finalizing their class schedules. As a result, some student-athletes were not considered full-time students under NCAA rules when they took part in sports. Other student-athletes failed to meet good academic standing requirements. The NCAA found that Caltech lacked institutional control over its athletics program by failing to have procedures to verify the full-time enrollment status or academic standing of the student-athletes and by failing to provide rules education to its coaches, student-athletes and administrators. The penalties included a one-year ban on postseason play, three years of probation (July 12, 2012 to July 11, 2015), a one-year ban on off-campus recruiting, the vacating of some wins and individual records, and a $5,000 fine.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Investigative Finding
Date of Sanctions Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
California Institute of Technology $5,000
Further Information Released
Caltech Press Release 7/13/2012
NCAA Press Release 7/12/2012
NCAA Public Infractions Report 7/12/2012

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database