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…

Troian v. Caltech (Whistleblower Retaliation)

Sandra Troian, a professor at Caltech, alleged the school retaliated against her for telling the FBI about suspected federal export law violations at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She alleged Caltech conducted a campaign of retaliation that included falsely accusing her of research misconduct and other wrongdoing, preventing her from participating in campus events, and denying her more than $1 million in grant funds. Troian alleged the retaliation began in 2012 when she notified the FBI of concerns that a postdoctoral researcher working on a space propulsion system funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency had sent restricted data to Israel and posted it on a public website without permission. The lawsuit was settled in late 2017.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Defense - General
Court Type
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
California Institute of Technology Undisclosed
Further Information Released
Complaint 11/13/2014

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database