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…

Bussy v. The GEO Group (Strip Search Class Action)

Stephen Dimitri Bussy filed a civil rights class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 challenging the practice of strip searches conducted in detention facilities operated by The GEO Group. In July 2007, Bussy was arrested and charged with DUI and transported to a jail in Pennsylvania operated by GEO, where he was strip searched. The plaintiffs allege that GEO’s policy of strip searching all pre-trial detainees regardless of the crime charged and in the absence of a reasonable suspicion that the detainee possesses weapons or contraband violates the Constitution. In May 2010, the parties settled the lawsuit for nearly $3 million. The agreement covers up to 10,000 inmates in six facilities who were subjected to strip searches upon admission between January 2005 and January 2008.

Misconduct Type
Human Rights
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
GEO Group $2,999,000
Further Information Released
Law Firm Press Release 5/25/2010
Settlement Notice 5/25/2010
Complaint 1/30/2008

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database