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…

Overcharging U.K. Gas and Electricity Customers

Shell Energy Retail Limited agreed to refund and compensate around 12,000 electricity and gas customer accounts after the U.K. Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) found Shell overcharged customers on its default tariffs when an energy price cap was introduced in January 2019. According to Ofgem, the 12,000 customer accounts affected around 8,800 customers. Shell (named First Utility at the time of breach) also paid £200,000 (US$254,000) to Ofgem’s consumer redress fund, equating to a total payment of £390,000 (US$495,000).

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Settlement Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Royal Dutch Shell PLC $495,000
Further Information Released
Ofgem Press Release 6/14/2019

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database