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…

Santa Barbara Channel PCB Release

Exxon Mobil agreed to pay $2.64 million to settle allegations of violating the federal Toxic Substances Control Act by improperly handling and disposing of polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”) on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Santa Barbara Channel, off the coast of southern California. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, between 2002 and 2005, two large electrical transformers located on the platform, part of Exxon’s Santa Ynez Unit, leaked nearly 400 gallons of PCB-contaminated fluid, and Exxon allowed one of the transformers to leak for almost two years before repairing it. Additionally, the EPA alleged Exxon failed to ensure that workers who cleaned up the leaked fluid were provided protective clothing or equipment.

Misconduct Type
Enforcement Agency
Contracting Party
Court Type
Date of Announcement
Contractors Involved Penalty
Exxon Mobil $2,640,000
Further Information Released
EPA Press Release 10/31/2008

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database