You may have heard about or seen by now this Department of Defense (DoD) Report to Congress on Contracting Fraud. The report was requested last year by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the same man who successfully got the ball rolling on the public posting of the government’s contractor accountability database, FAPIIS.
The report found that, over a three-year span, many DoD contractors had engaged in fraudulent practices that led to criminal convictions, civil judgments, out-of-court settlements, and suspensions and debarments. That shouldn’t be a surprise to those of you who have seen POGO’s Federal Contractor Misconduct Database. The report details how DoD awarded almost $270 billion in contracts from 2007 to 2009 to 91 contractors involved in civil fraud cases that resulted in judgments of more than $1 million, and awarded $682 million to 30 contractors convicted of criminal fraud. According to the report, there are currently over 235,000 DoD contractors. (The definition of “fraud” used in compiling the data is set out on page 10 of the report.)