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…

False Reimbursement Claims for California Environmental Cleanup

Since 2007, the California State Water Resources Control Board had challenged Shell Oil Company’s underground storage tank (UST) cleanup fund claims, alleging that Shell failed to disclose reimbursements it received from other sources for the same sites, in violation of the California False Claims Act. In September 2016, a settlement agreement was reached in which the Water Board disqualified 100 of Shell’s UST claims, held by Shell subsidiary Equilon Enterprises LLC, from the cleanup fund. Shell also agreed to pay $20 million in damages and reimbursement to the State Water Board, the California Attorney General’s office, and a whistleblower qui tam plaintiff who filed a lawsuit in 2010.

Misconduct Type
Cost/Labor Mischarge
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Settlement Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Royal Dutch Shell PLC $20,000,000
Further Information Released
CA Water Board Press Release 9/22/2016
Settlement Agreement 7/1/2016

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database