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…

Shin v. MIT (Accident-Related Wrongful Death)

On April 3, 2006, MIT and the parents of student Elizabeth H. Shin announced that they reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against university administrators and doctors. Shin died in her dormitory room in April 2000 from self-inflicted burns. The Cambridge Fire Department and the Suffolk County medical examiner ruled the death a suicide, but both parties later came to an agreement that the death was a tragic accident. The suit Shin’s parents filed in 2002 sought over $27 million in damages.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Settlement Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology Undisclosed
Further Information Released
MIT Press Release 8/23/2006

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database