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…

Ford v. Bechtel National, et al. (Whistleblower Retaliation)

The U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) found reasonable cause to believe that Bechtel National violated the Energy Reorganization Act (ERA) by laying off Walt Ford in November 2011 after he raised worker health and safety concerns at the Hanford Waste Treatment Plant. DoL found that Ford “was scrutinized and treated more harshly than other employees” after he filed complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. DoL ordered Bechtel to pay Ford back pay, minus interim earnings, at a rate of $4,589 per month from November 18, 2011 to March 31, 2012, plus interest; $25,000 in compensatory damages for pain and suffering, including mental distress; and $7,070 in attorney’s fees. Bechtel was also ordered to expunge Ford’s employment records of any reference to the exercise of his rights under the ERA. Bechtel objected, but before the parties could resolve the matter, the presiding administrative law judge left his job. Rather than go through another administrative hearing, Ford filed a lawsuit in federal court that reportedly settled in 2019.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Preliminary Order
Contractors Involved Penalty
Bechtel Corporation Undisclosed
Further Information Released
Hanford Challenge Press Release 8/10/2015
DoL Findings and Preliminary Order 7/30/2015
Complaint 5/11/2012

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database