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…

Breach of EU Merger Procedural Rules

The European Commission issued a preliminary conclusion alleging that Merck KGaA’s acquisition of lab chemicals maker Sigma-Aldrich in 2015 breached European Union merger procedural rules. The Commission alleged Merck and Sigma-Aldrich provided incorrect or misleading information by failing to disclose information regarding an innovation project with relevance for certain laboratory chemicals. If the Commission concludes the companies intentionally or negligently supplied incorrect or misleading information, it could impose a fine of up to 1 percent of the companies’ annual revenue.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Investigative Finding
Date of Preliminary Conclusion
Contractors Involved Penalty
Merck & Co., Inc. $0
Further Information Released
European Commission Press Release 7/6/2017

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database