Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Improperly Obtaining Information to Win a Government Contract

“Harris Corporation of Melbourne, Florida, will forego as much as $1.6 million in federal payments to settle allegations the company improperly obtained information to win a communications system contract from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Justice announced today…Harris will release its right to receive $613,000 currently due from FEMA and an additional amount that could be as much as $1 million that would have become due under the contract…the United States alleged that in 1983 Harris employees got information from a FEMA employee relating to the agency’s criteria for evaluating bids. The information could have been used to give Harris a competitive advantage in obtaining the contract, which involved building a communications system to operate during a nuclear war or other major catastrophe.”

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Homeland Security
Contracting Party
Homeland Security
Court Type
Date of Settlement Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Harris Corporation $1,600,000
Further Information Released
DOJ Press Release 9/1/2006

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database