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…

Overcharging California and Nevada Government Customers for Wireless Services

Dozens of California government entities joined a whistleblower lawsuit against Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile alleging they overcharged for wireless services by more than $100 million. The companies allegedly ignored two cost-saving requirements included in the master contracts under which California state and local government customers purchased wireless services. Specifically, the master contracts required the carriers to determine and report to the government customers which rate plan selections would result in the lowest cost – referred to as rate plan optimization – and to provide wireless services at the lowest available cost. In September 2020, Verizon agreed to pay $76 million and AT&T $51 million to settle the lawsuit, which was joined by local governments in Nevada.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
Verizon Communications, Inc. $76,000,000
AT&T Inc. $51,000,000
Further Information Released
Law Firm Press Release 9/24/2020
Law Firm Press Release 12/8/2015
Complaint 7/5/2012

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database