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New Round of HIPAA Audits To Begin Later This Year

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced it will resume its HIPAA compliance audit program — launched as a pilot program in 2012 — on a permanent basis in 2014. In...more

New Mandatory Enforcement Process For Information Document Requests in Large Business and International Tax Examinations

On January 2, 2014, the Large Business & International (“LB&I”) Division of the Internal Revenue Service began using a new mandatory enforcement process for delinquent information document requests (“IDRs”) in tax...more

Financial Reporting & Accounting Enforcement Annual Review - 2013

In This Issue: Introduction; Redesigning the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, Again; Focus Areas: What’s Next; Overview of 2013 Cases; Public Company, Officer, and Director Trends; Audit Firm and Auditor Trends; Rule...more

SEC, KPMG and Auditor Independence

The Commission, as part of its retooled enforcement program, is, in part, focusing on gatekeepers such as attorneys and accounts in an effort to achieve omnipresence. This has resulted in a number of proceedings against...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- October 2013

- Regulatory Updates: CFTC Adopts “Substituted Compliance” Approach for Registered Investment Companies that are Commodity Pools; SEC’s Final Rules on General Solicitation and Bad Actor Disqualification for Investment...more

SEC Increasing Accounting Fraud Investigations

As its financial crisis enforcement slows, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is now turning its attention back to accounting fraud and other violations of financial disclosure laws....more

Three’s Company, Too: The SEC’s New Enforcement Initiatives Will Be Waiting For You

Last week the SEC announced the creation of three new Division of Enforcement initiatives designed to combat fraud in financial reporting and microcap securities and to enhance risk identification and analysis: (1) The...more

Federal Government Aggressively Pursuing Health Care Fraud

Proactive self-audits help providers identify potential problems - The Federal Government is using every tool available to fight health care fraud and recover overpayments from health care providers. According to the...more

Earth Matters - April 2013: Cancelling EPA’s Self Audit Policy Program?

Last Spring, the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) released its Fiscal Year 2013 National Program Manager Guidance (“FY 2013 Guidance”), which sets forth, among other things, the methods that the United...more

PCAOB Issues Its First Cooperation Policy Statement

On April 24, 2013, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board issued its inaugural “Policy Statement Regarding Credit for Extraordinary Cooperation in Connection with Board Investigations.” The Policy Statement reiterates...more

FINRA Rule 4530 – Recent Revisions Remind Broker-Dealers of the Importance of the New Requirement to Report Internal Findings of...

FINRA recently amended Rule 4530 (Reporting Requirements) to make required reporting by member firms of certain regulatory and disciplinary events less burdensome. Those relatively minor changes will be discussed below. But...more

Funding Said Top Medical Research Area In 2013; Common Rule, COI Also Make List

Originally published in Medical Research Law & Policy Report, 12 MRLR 4, 01/02/2013. Regardless of what happens with the fiscal cliff negotiations in Congress and the Obama administration, research funding will...more

The Lilly FCPA Enforcement Action (Part III) Lessons Learned from Russia

This Part III is the final installment of my review of the Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) FCPA enforcement action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In this Part III, I will review the FCPA issues that...more

Stricter Scrutiny Of Labor Certifications—Increase In Audits And Supervised Recruitment By The DOL

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has indicated that it will further expand its use of “integrity” measures in the permanent labor certification program. These measures include the conduct of audit investigations and...more

Your Federal Government is Here to Help—Anatomy of a DOL Audit

Under the Obama administration, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has become re-energized and is the most active it has been for many years. While the WHD still lacks a permanent...more

Latest Round of ICE I-9 Inspection Notices Issued

In recent weeks, employers nationwide have been ordered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to submit their I-9 employment eligibility forms and other documents for inspection. In the last week of May, a new round of...more

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