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…

Moore v. California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory (False Claims Act)

Michael Moore filed suit against California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory under the False Claims Act False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. § 3729, et seq. and the Major Fraud Act 18 USC § 1031, et. seq. As an employee at the laboratory, Moore had noted problems on an antenna being sold to NASA. Upon acknowledging these problems, Moore was threatened with demotion and ultimately resigned. The initial court ruling was summary judgment on behalf of the defendant, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded the decision. The case settled through a confidential settlement in late 2002.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Multiple Agencies
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Appellate Ruling
Contractors Involved Penalty
California Institute of Technology Unknown
Further Information Released
Opinion 8/22/2006

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database