About POGO's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)
The government awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct such as contract fraud and environmental, ethics, and labor violations. In the absence of a centralized federal database listing instances of misconduct, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is providing such data. We believe that it will lead to improved contracting decisions and public access to information about how the government spends hundreds of billions of taxpayer money each year on goods and services. Report an instance of misconduct »
Since 1960, the nonprofit Aerospace Corporation has operated a federally funded research and development center in support of national security, civil and commercial space programs. A staff of approximately 3,500 employees focuses on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software.
Federal Contract $: $ 916.3m
Total Number of Instances: 1
Total Misconduct dollar amount: $ 2.5m
Instances of Misconduct
The Aerospace Corporation paid the United States $2.5 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that, for more than seven years, it billed the Air Force for the services of an employee who rarely came to work and was not qualified to perform the technical tasks assigned to him. Aerospace employed William Hunter as an engineer specializing in software quality assurance reviews from 2001 to 2008. When he was hired, Hunter claimed to have a doctorate from Oxford University when, in fact, he only had a high school education. He also filled out time cards showing that he was working full-time hours when he was actually visiting bars, amusement parks, theaters and other non-workplace locations. The government found that Aerospace was aware of Hunter's fraud but still charged the Air Force for his time.... more»