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. McGee v. IBM (“Project Shield” False Claims)

A False Claims Act lawsuit alleged IBM and other companies colluded with a Cook County, Illinois government official to defraud Cook County and the Department of Homeland Security out of over $50 million in connection with “Project Shield,” a federal/state grant program to provide first responders with video, voice, and data mobile platform systems. The lawsuit alleged that IBM, the project manager and prime contractor on the first two phases of the project, billed for defective, duplicative, or fictitious services. The case settled shortly before trial in 2017.

Misconduct Type
Government Grant Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Multiple Agencies
Court Type
Date of Complaint
Contractors Involved Penalty
IBM Corporation Undisclosed
Further Information Released
Complaint 5/24/2011

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database