Compliance Audits

Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory... more +
Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory violations.  In response to many corporate scandals evidencing rampant unethical business practices, many nations, including the United States, began passing strict regulatory frameworks aimed at curbing these abuses. Notable pieces of legislation in this area include the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the U.K. Bribery Act, to name a few. The foregoing statutes and the severe penalties often associated with them form the basis of many modern institutional compliance programs. less -
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The OIG Work Plan: Does OIG Always Know Best?

Provider Compliance Departments routinely set audit priorities based, in part, on OIG’s Work Plan, but what should a provider do if it disagrees with a position that the OIG takes? Providers should be prepared to defend their...more

2014 FERC Enforcement Report Emphasizes Internal Compliance Procedures, Self-Reporting, and Importance of Cooperation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Office of Enforcement (Enforcement) 2014 Report on Enforcement (Report), issued on November 20, 2014, provides an overview of and statistics regarding FERC’s enforcement...more

Changing Regulatory Regime Necessitates New Solutions To An Old Problem: 5 Elements Critical To An Anti-Fraud Compliance Program

US government regulators have become more aggressive in their detection and enforcement of fraud against the government. One of the key tools they are using to combat such fraud is the False Claims Act. Most FCA cases are...more

Trial Lawyering and FCPA Compliance

As most readers of this blog know, I am a recovering trial lawyer. To this day, some of my best friends are still out there, still teeing it up as trial lawyers. They have an important place in our country’s legal system,...more

SEC Sanctions Auditor, Should Make Small Issuers Think Twice

The SEC brought a settled administrative action against an auditor on October 24th. Often I’ll take a case like this and write something about it to warn other auditors (or investment advisers or broker-dealers, or whomever)...more

OIG identifies five major CFPB management challenges

The joint Federal Reserve/CFPB Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued its first listing of “major management challenges” facing the CFPB. These challenges represent what the OIG believes to be “the areas that,...more

SAS 125 Alert: Guidance Regarding Auditor’s Written Communication

In 2011 the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board published Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) No. 122, Statements on Auditing Standards: Clarification and Recodification—fondly known as the Super SAS as it was a newly codified...more

The SEC's MCDC Initiative: Where To Go From Here

Issuers, underwriters and advisors in the municipal bond marketplace are facing unprecedented challenges from federal regulators in connection with both the issuance of bonds and ongoing post-issuance compliance. These...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition - October 2014

In this issue: - US DEVELOPMENTS - SEC Developments - Noteworthy US Securities Law Litigation - Recent SEC/DOJ Enforcement Matters - EU DEVELOPMENTS - European Commission...more

The Origins of the FCPA - Lessons for Effective Compliance and Enforcement - Conclusion

This is the final part of an occasional series. The entire paper will be published by Securities Regulation Law Journal early next year. Conclusion: The FCPA Today - The FCPA was unique in the world at passage....more

The Origins of the FCPA: Lessons For Effective Compliance and Enforcement - Part Five

The Congressional debates - The revelations from the Watergate hearings and the Commission’s investigations and enforcement actions sparked two years of Congressional hearings. Those revelations also spawned a...more

The Mitford Sisters and the Compliance Audit

Deborah Cavendish died last week. She was the last surviving member of an extraordinary group of women known as the ‘Mitford Sisters’. They were six daughters of David Freeman-Mitford, the 2nd Baron Redesdale and the former...more

Lessons from GSK in China – Internal Controls, Auditing and Monitoring

One of the questions that GSK will have to face during the next few years of bribery and corruption investigations is how an allegedly massive bribery and corruption scheme occurred in its Chinese operations? The numbers went...more

Whether 1992 Or 2013 Version Of COSO Framework — Disclose In Management’s And Auditor’s Internal Control Reports

Last week, I posted a piece regarding the “squishy” deadline (to borrow the term of art coined by the COSO Chair) for implementation of the new 2013 COSO internal control framework. As you may recall, the original 1992 COSO...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed on summary judgment in an action against a broker which alleged he misappropriated client funds. The agency also filed actions centered on: an audit failure; the EB-5 immigration program; undisclosed...more

SEC Awards $300,000 to an Audit & Compliance Professional for Whistleblowing: Key Implications & Lessons Learned

Last week, the SEC announced its first whistleblower award to an audit and compliance professional. The $300,000 award announcement noted that the recipient had “reported concerns to appropriate personnel within the company,...more

Arizona Enacts Limited Privilege For Insurance Self-Audits

Arizona has enacted a privilege applicable to voluntary compliance audits conducted by insurance companies. This “self-evaluative” privilege protects audit documents and testimony in civil and some administrative proceedings....more

Anti-Corruption Compliance Program Audits [Video]

Companies are devoting more resources to monitoring their compliance and ethics programs. Whether the audit is conducted at corporate headquarters or in the field, there are important issues which should be examined during...more

Risk Assessments-the Cornerstone of Your Compliance Program, Part II

One of the questions that I hear most often is how does one actually perform a risk assessment? Mike Volkov has suggested a couple of different approaches in his article “Practical Suggestions for Conducting Risk...more

Creating an Integrated Due Diligence System - Screening to Audits [Video]

Almost every FCPA enforcement action involves violations committed by third-party agents, consultants and distributors. Many companies have instituted due diligence procedures to screen third-parties, consultants and...more

Is Anti-Corruption a Business or Legal Issue?

On June 5, 2014, Philippe Montigny, President of Ethic Intelligence (www.ethic-intelligence.com) asks exactly that question in an editorial. My own perspective of compliance remains much along the lines of those such as Mr....more

How to Form Teaming Agreements and Strategic Partnerships

In this presentation: - Teaming - Subcontracting - Joint Ventures - Q&A - Excerpt from Teaming: Once partners are selected, prepare and sign a Teaming Agreement: - What...more

Bringing It All Home, the Two Tough Cookies Wrap It Up For You, Part II

This one is tough, especially in global organizations. In many countries, you simply cannot run a background check, as criminal records are not public. In others, you can run them, but the criminal offense must be related to...more

Monitoring and Auditing Your Anti Corruption Compliance Program  [Video]

Companies have designed and implemented anti-corruption compliance programs. An important element of an effective compliance program is monitoring and auditing the program to identify issues for improvement. Working in...more

Mergers and Acquisitions Under the FCPA, Part III

Today I conclude my three-part series on mergers and acquisitions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with a review of the post-acquisition phase. Previously many compliance practitioners had based decisions in...more

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