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…

Using Automated Fingerprint Identification Software Without Permission

Northrop Grumman settled a lawsuit filed by biometrics technology company Cogent Systems that accused Northrop of using Cogent’s automated fingerprint technology without permission. Cogent claimed it did not give Northrop permission to use its automated fingerprint identification software for a contract with the British Police Information Technology Organization, and its successor, the National Policing Improvement Agency. Under the terms of the agreement, Northrop agreed to pay Cogent $25 million to settle the lawsuit and $15 million for a non-exclusive license to use the software. Northrop and Cogent also agreed to a five-year research and development, service and products agreement, under which Northrop will pay Cogent $20 million for products and services over the term of the agreement.

Misconduct Type
Intellectual Property
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Northrop Grumman $60,000,000
Further Information Released
Cogent Systems Press Release 9/12/2007

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database