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. v. Microsoft (Illegal Monopolization of the PC Market)

The federal government and the governments of 20 states and the District of Columbia accused Microsoft of illegally maintaining a monopoly in the personal computer market, mainly by restricting the ability of computer manufacturers and users to uninstall Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser program. A court ruled that Microsoft’s actions constituted unlawful monopolization. A final settlement of the case approved in June 2004 required Microsoft to share its application programming interfaces with third-party companies and appoint a panel of three people to ensure compliance.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Final Judgment
Contractors Involved Penalty
Microsoft Corporation $0
Further Information Released
Final Judgment 11/12/2002
Preliminary Settlement Agreement 11/2/2001
Conclusions of Law 4/3/2000
Findings of Fact 11/5/1999
Complaint 5/18/1998

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database