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…

EPA Suspension

A notice posted on the General Services Administration’s Excluded Parties List System (EPLS) Web site announced that IBM was indefinitely suspended from doing business with the federal government. The information provided on the EPLS Web site did not give a reason for the suspension, only that it was initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency “pursuant to Executive Order 12549 and the agency implementing regulations based on an indictment or other adequate evidence (a) to suspect the commission of an offense that is a cause for debarment or (b) that other causes for debarment under the agency regulations may exist.” However, the next day, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia issued subpoenas to various IBM employees to testify before a grand jury concerning allegations that IBM violated the procurement integrity provisions of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act while bidding on an EPA contract. About a week after it had been imposed, the government lifted the suspension after IBM agreed to cooperate with the EPA’s and the U.S. Attorney’s ongoing investigations.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Suspend/Debar - Company
Date of Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
IBM Corporation $0
Further Information Released
EPLS Notice 4/29/2008
IBM/EPA Interim Agreement 4/29/2008
IBM Press Release (April 4, 2008) 4/29/2008
IBM Press Release (March 31, 2008) 4/29/2008

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database