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…

Singleton v. The University of California (Gender Discrimination at Lawrence Livermore Lab)

In December 1998, six female employees at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which is operated by the University of California, filed a class action lawsuit alleging gender discrimination in pay and promotions. One of the plaintiffs’ main contentions was that the lab discriminated against women through a subjective ranking system which allowed gender stereotyping and biases to influence decisions. The plaintiffs also alleged the lab had documented, but failed to correct, discrimination against women for more than a decade. The lawsuit was settled in November 2003 with the regents agreeing to pay over $10.6 million and provide fair pay and promotions for thousands of female employees.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Settlement Approval
Contractors Involved Penalty
University of California $10,600,000
Further Information Released
Law Firm Press Release 7/6/2007
Settlement Agreement 6/30/2006

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database