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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…

Security Breach Lawsuit (Vermont)

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell sued Health Net, Inc., and Health Net of the Northeast, Inc., over the company’s loss of a hard drive holding the personal information of approximately 1.5 million people, including 525 Vermonters. The hard drive disappeared from a Health Net office in Shelton, Conn., on May 14, 2009. The state alleged violations of HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), and Vermont’s Security Breach Notice Act and Consumer Fraud Act. As part of a settlement reached with the state, Health Net agreed to pay $55,000, submit to a data security audit, and file reports with the state regarding the company’s information security programs for the next two years. (See related Health Net, Inc. instance, “Connecticut Security Breach Lawsuit”).

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
State/Local
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Complaint
1/14/2011
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Health Net, Inc. $55,000
Further Information Released
Complaint 5/20/2011
Settlement Agreement 5/20/2011
Vermont AG Press Release 5/20/2011

See also:

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database