Government contracting fraud has been a hot area for the Department of Justice these last few years. And who can blame it? It’s a huge amount of money being handed out by many agencies, sometimes with less oversight than is appropriate.
There’s even a database researched by the Project on Government Oversight called the “Federal Contractor Misconduct Database.” It lists the top 100 government contractors and then the number and amount of (supposed) misconduct committed by them. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the site but it’s an interesting read.
One area of government contracting fraud that has clearly caught the attention of the government is the program allowing for set asides for minority-owned or disadvantaged businesses.
Romeo Cruz, one of the defendants behind the largest case of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) fraud in history, surrendered himself to the Bureau of Prisons earlier this month. According to the government, he was involved in a 15-year, $136 million DBE scheme. Continue reading