Ogilvy Retains $150 Mil. ONDCP Account

WASHINGTON–Ogilvy & Mather in New York has retained The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy’s $150 million anti-drug media account after a lengthy review that began in August, the client said.

“This was a decision the Department of the Navy made based on price, past performance and technical evaluation,” said ONDCP representative Tom Riley.

ONDCP placed the account in review after lead agency Ogilvy overbilled the client. Ogilvy has since paid $1.8 million to settle civil charges, but a separate criminal investigation focusing on whether the shop’s employees deliberately altered time sheets continues.
Despite the charges, Ogilvy participated in the review along with Bates, Foot, Cone & Belding, McCann-Erickson, and Saatchi & Saatchi, all New York.