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…

Manatee County v. URS Corporation (Lake Manatee Cofferdam Project)

In January 2015, a Florida jury awarded Manatee County, Florida, $2.17 million in damages in a lawsuit accusing URS Corporation of negligence in designing a cofferdam to keep the Lake Manatee Dam’s spillway dry during repair work. The jury found URS 65 percent responsible for the cofferdam’s failure and another company not a party to the lawsuit 35 percent responsible (the final amount was correspondingly adjusted to $1.4 million). Manatee County claimed that URS committed professional malpractice by failing to perform an adequate analysis of the lake soil into which the cofferdam’s base was installed.

Misconduct Type
Poor Contract Performance
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Judgment Against Defendant
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
URS Corporation $1,411,940
Further Information Released
Final Judgment 3/9/2015
Verdict 1/15/2015
Complaint 4/11/2012

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database