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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…

Defective Apache Helicopter Fuzz Busters

Eugene Swensen, a former engineer at McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing), filed a False Claims Act lawsuit in 1998 alleging the company was not properly installing a safety device known as a “fuzz buster” in Apache Attack Helicopters. According to Swensen, the device was not receiving sufficient electrical power, causing false engine failure warnings and numerous unnecessary landings, aborted missions, and unnecessary maintenance. In 2003, Boeing agreed to pay the United States $2.5 million to settle the lawsuit. Boeing also paid Swensen $825,000 to settle his retaliation claim and his legal fees and costs.

Misconduct Type
Government Contract Fraud
Enforcement Agency
Defense – Army
Contracting Party
Defense - Army
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
5/16/2003
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Boeing Company $3,325,000
Further Information Released
DoD IG Press Release 2/28/2012
Law Firm Press Release 2/28/2012
U.S. Attorney Press Release (settlement) 2/28/2012

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database