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…

Mumps Vaccine False Claims

A False Claims Act lawsuit alleges Merck fabricated data to induce the federal government to purchase a mumps vaccine. Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, who worked as virologists in a Merck lab, accuse Merck of causing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to pay hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization. They allege that Merck defrauded the CDC for more than a decade by faking a vaccine efficacy rate of 95 percent when the real rate was significantly lower.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Health and Human Services
Court Type
Date of Original Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
Merck & Co., Inc. $0
Further Information Released
Amended Complaint 4/27/2012

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database