WASHINGTON – Sandia Corp. and its parent company, Lockheed Martin, will pay the federal government a $4.8 million fine for using tax dollars to lobby Congress and federal agencies for renewal of its $2.4 billion contract with the Department of Energy in violation of federal law.
A report by the Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General in 2014 concluded Lockheed Martin wrongfully used federal funds provided to Sandia for lab operations to lobby for the no-bid contract extension it ultimately received.
Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, denounced what he said was Sandia’s inappropriate lobbying.
“The money allocated by Congress for the Sandia National Laboratories is designed to fund the important mission carried out by our national laboratories, not to lobby Congress for more funding,” Mizer said in a statement. “This resolution demonstrates that the Justice Department will work to ensure that public funds are used for the important purposes for which they are intended.”