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…

National Association of the Deaf v. MIT (Discrimination)

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) claimed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discriminated against deaf students by failing to provide closed captions in their online courses, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The lawsuit claimed that thousands of videos provided through MIT’s OpenCourseWare web-based courses lack captioning or contain inaccurate or unintelligible captioning. MIT settled the lawsuit in February 2020, agreeing to provide accurate captions, supply written transcripts for audio content, and pay more than $1 million in attorneys’ fees.

Misconduct Type
Human Rights
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology $1,050,000
Further Information Released
Settlement Agreement 2/18/2020
Complaint 2/12/2015
NAD Press Release 2/12/2015

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database