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…

U.S. ex rel. Brunson, et al. v. Bechtel National, et al. (False Claims at Hanford Waste Treatment Plant)

Bechtel National, Bechtel Corporation, URS Corporation (predecessor in interest to AECOM Global II LLC) and URS Energy and Construction (now known as AECOM Energy and Construction Inc.) paid $125 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that they billed for deficient nuclear quality materials, services, and testing at the Hanford Site Waste Treatment Plant (WTP). The settlement also resolved allegations that Bechtel improperly used federal contract funds to lobby Congress and other federal officials for continued funding at the WTP. The companies were accused of charging the government for materials and services from vendors that did not meet quality control requirements. The government also alleged that Bechtel improperly claimed and received government funding for lobbying activities in violation of the Byrd Amendment.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Settlement Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Bechtel Corporation $67,500,000
AECOM Technology Corporation $57,500,000
Further Information Released
Bechtel Press Release 11/23/2016
DOJ Press Release 11/23/2016
Amended Complaint 8/23/2013

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database