Compliance Dept. of Justice

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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Defining the Duty of the Board of Directors over Compliance Functions

I recently posted a blog article about a document released by the Department of Justice entitled “Evaluation of Compliance Programs.” As the title of the document might suggest, the DOJ release covers a variety of issues it...more

DOJ Releases Guidance on Compliance Programs

In February 2017, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division published guidance on how it assesses corporate compliance programs. This is the first formal guidance issued by the Fraud Section under the...more

Corporate Compliance Programs: US and UK Perspectives

In today’s regulatory environment, companies face mounting pressure from law enforcement agencies to maintain robust compliance programs to deter and detect misconduct by employees, third-party vendors and business partners....more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part III

This week I have been considering the LRN Corporation’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (LRN Report) by outlining some of its general findings. Today, I want to conclude by using the Report as a road...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part II

Yesterday I began a series on the LRN Corporation’s (LRN) 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (Report) by outlining some of its general findings. Today, I want to focus on its detailed findings as it...more

Doing Business in Cuba Under the FCPA

I want to consider the impending opening of Cuba to US business, what you can do now and what you must wait for until the embargo is lifted; all from the perspective of compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

Understanding the New DOJ Guidance: Part 1 – Tone at the Top

In February, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section offered a new perspective on what the government expects in a compliance program in the form of a series of questions that companies should be prepared to answer about...more

Justice Department Reveals How It Evaluates Corporate Compliance Programs

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section recently published its "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" that lists 1) the topics it explores and 2) the questions it asks when it assesses the effectiveness of a...more

Operationalizing Compliance – Natural Partners and Breaking Down Walls (Part I of IV)

An effective compliance program is built on internal coordination and relationships. Applying the Justice Department’s terminology, an effective compliance program is one that is operationalized. At first glance, you may...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part I (and Farewell to Chuck Berry)

Last week I interviewed Susan Divers, Senior Advisor at LRN Corporation, on the company’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (Report). The Report was a fascinating review of the evolution of compliance...more

New Guidance Document: How DOJ Evaluates Corporate Compliance Programs

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued compliance guidance for corporations that outlines how the Fraud Section will likely evaluate the corporate compliance program of a company under criminal investigation....more

DOJ Announces Temporary Extension of FCPA “Pilot Program”

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on March 10, 2017 that it will temporarily extend the “Pilot Program” applicable to offenses under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Previously set to expire on...more

DOJ’s Recent Guidance on Compliance Programs

In assessing potential sanctions against corporations, prosecutors must decide whether and how to exercise their discretion when evaluating penalties to impose upon a company whose employees engaged in wrongdoing despite the...more

DOJ’s Compliance Program Evaluation Guidance

The Justice Department’s recent guidance on compliance programs, consisting of 110 separate questions, organized around specific compliance topics, has raised a number of interesting procedural and substantive issues....more

The DOJ Expects “Third-Party Management” from Compliance Programs

2016 was a banner year for global anti-corruption enforcement: the U.S. government set records in terms of both the number of FCPA actions brought and the total dollar amount of related fines. Meanwhile, governments from...more

DOJ Pilot Program Will Continue…For Now

On March 10, a U.S. Justice Department official announced that agency will continue its one-year Pilot Program, which was introduced by DOJ’s Fraud Section and set to expire on April 5 of this year. As we described in an...more

ZTE Is Assessed $1.19 Billion in Penalties for Criminal and Civil Violations of Export Control and Economic Sanctions Laws and...

On March 7, 2017, the U.S. government announced that China's Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and its affiliate, ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. (collectively "ZTE"), have agreed to a global settlement...more

Healthcare sector takes note: DOJ heightens its expectations for effective corporate compliance programs

The US Department of Justice Criminal Division Fraud Section has issued a new guideline for the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs. The guidance expands the former "Filip Factors" and incorporates subsequent...more

FCPA Pilot Program Motors On

No one was really surprised when Kenneth Blanco, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, US Department of Justice, announced last week that DOJ was planning to continue the FCPA Pilot Program past April...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - March 2017

Executive Compensation Developments - The general counsel should anticipate questions from the board and its executive compensation committee from recent media coverage of executive compensation (especially in the...more

DOJ Releases Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs

On February 8, 2017, and without the fanfare that often accompanies new policy guidance, the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a new guidance document on corporate compliance programs (Compliance...more

Use of Social Media In a Best Practices Compliance Program

Why should you integrate social media into your compliance program? In a compliance program, a large portion of your consumers/customers are your employees. Social media presents some excellent mechanisms to communicate the...more

Creation of Roundabout and Operationalization of Compliance

Readers of this blog know of my love for progressive rock music and that my favorite prog rock group is Yes. You might understand how thrilled I was when the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), of all places, ran an interview with...more

Great Expectations - DOJ holds anti-corruption compliance programs to a high standard in evaluating their credibility

On February 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a list of important topics and sample questions that the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section has frequently found relevant in evaluating the adequacy of a...more

New Attorney General Issues Guidance on Corporate Compliance Programs

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section has published new guidance for corporate entities on corporate compliance programs. The guidance, titled, “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” (Compliance Program...more

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