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…

Federal Investigation of Torrance Refinery Explosion

A U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigation into a February 2015 explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, California found multiple weaknesses in the refinery’s process safety management system. (Exxon sold the refinery in July 2016.) The CSB found the refinery did not perform a sufficient hazard analysis, used insufficient safeguards, operated unit equipment beyond its predicted safe operating life, and lacked safety instrumentation to detect flammable hydrocarbons.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Investigative Finding
Date of Report
Contractors Involved Penalty
Exxon Mobil $0
Further Information Released
CSB Final Report 5/3/2017
CSB Press Release 5/3/2017

See also:

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database