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…

Nationwide MTBE Groundwater Contamination Litigation

A dozen oil companies, including BP America Inc., Chevron Corp., Shell Oil Co. and Valero Energy Corp., agreed to pay over $423 million to settle litigation with public water providers in 17 states over groundwater contamination from the gasoline additive methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). The companies also agreed to pay cleanup costs that arise in the next 30 years. In October 2009, a federal jury in New York City found Exxon liable for contaminating water wells in and near Jamaica, Queens with MTBE and awarded the city $104.7 million in damages.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Settlement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Exxon Mobil $104,700,000
BP P.L.C. Unknown
ChevronTexaco Corporation Unknown
Valero Energy Corp. Unknown
Royal Dutch Shell PLC Unknown
Further Information Released
Exxon Jury Award Announcement 10/19/2009
Law Firm Press Release 5/21/2008
Settlement 5/21/2008

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database