As of November 2022, the Federal Contractor Misconduct Database is no longer live.
For 20 years, POGO’s Federal Contractor Misconduct Database showed the government a relatively simple and inexpensive way to strengthen federal contractor accountability. Nevertheless, resources such as our database and corporate and government watchdog Good Jobs First’s excellent Violation Tracker spotlight only a tiny subset of the many thousands of federal contractors.
It has long been our hope that the federal government would create a contractor accountability portal that would make our database obsolete. After all, we’ve seen the government successfully develop other accountability tools based on protypes created by civil society organizations. For example, the government’s inspector general vacancy tracker rendered POGO’s own IG vacancy tracker redundant, and USASpending.gov eventually replaced the Center for Effective Government’s FedSpending.org.
The creation of FAPIIS 12 years ago was a promising development, but the site is still failing to live up to its promise. POGO will continue to monitor federal contracting and misconduct, but is no longer maintaining this database (though the underlying data will be made available upon request to [email protected]).
It’s time for the government to make the necessary fixes to FAPIIS. Twenty years of having POGO point the way forward for them should be more than enough.