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The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is a United States Federal law enacted in 1974 to create transparency and prevent bribery for U.S.-based corporations conducting business overseas.
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Compliance Training – Part III: Effectiveness and Evaluation

This week, I am exploring issues related to compliance and ethics training, inspired by an article in the online publication, Slate, entitled “Ethics Trainings Are Even Dumber Than You Think”, by author L.V. Anderson. Today I...more

Compliance Training – Part II: Risk Ranking and Design

Yesterday I began what I thought would be a two-part series on compliance training.However, or perhaps more accurately, as usual, I got carried away so I am now off on a multi-part series on how to design, implement and...more

Compliance Training, Part I

In a recent Slate article, entitled “Ethics Trainings Are Even Dumber Than You Think”, author L.V. Anderson railed against what she termed box-checking training where companies put on training not to actually train employees...more

Father’s Day and Compliance?

I really never thought much about the connection until I read an article (on Father’s Day) in the June 2016 Issue of the Harvard Business Review, Managing the High Intensity Workplace, by Erin Reid and Lakshmi Ramarajan. The...more

Guidance on Effective Self-Disclosure of FCPA Violations for Life Sciences Companies

Every life sciences company with international operations should have a robust Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance program as part of its overall compliance strategy. On April 5, 2016, the Justice Department...more

The UK Bribery Act: SFO Procedures and DPA Process

A couple of recent articles about the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) caught my attention. One was on thebriberyact.com, entitled “Opinion: DPA’s must show greater benefits. We discuss the Criteria & Process for a DPA set out...more

Defining “Effective” Ethics and Compliance Programs

The compliance profession faces many challenges. Some are more important than others. When it comes to evaluating performance, or measuring compliance programs, the profession has a steep uphill climb....more

The Damaging Myth of the Rogue Employee

As long as 24 years ago, Lynn S. Paine wrote about the myth of the rogue employee in the Harvard Business Review (HBR), in an article entitled “Managing for Organizational Integrity”. In this article she wrote, “executives...more

How to garner a NPA and Declination: Akamai and Nortek – Part III

Today I conclude my three-part series on the Nortek, Inc. (Nortek) and Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Akamai) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions. These enforcement actions resulted in excellent results for...more

The “Economic Costs” of Compliance Mandates

I always enjoy economists and the rigor of economic analysis. It has a logic all its own. Economic theory reveals the power of incentives and disincentives. Many critics of economic theory fail to see how it applies to...more

How to garner a NPA and Declination: Akamai and Nortek – Part II

Yesterday, I began a three-part series on how two companies, which came to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) grief in China for bribery within their Chinese business units, received the rather stunning results of both Non...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 258-using data, data analytics and data analysis in your compliance programs [Video]

In this episode, I consider how a CCO can use data in a best practices compliance program. ...more

Third Party Risk Management: Balancing Due Diligence Screening and Monitoring

In response to aggressive FCPA enforcement and recurring problems with third parties, companies have spent substantial resources and time to design and implement comprehensive ethics and compliance programs. A key part of...more

The Panama Papers and Shell Games, Part I

One of the more prescient authors I know is Ryan C. Hubbs, a senior manager of fraud investigation and dispute services at Ernst & Young LLP (EY), who, in 2014, wrote an article for Fraud Magazine entitled “Shell Games”. In...more

Tribute to Ali – The Greatest

The Greatest died this past Friday. There is only one man in my lifetime who earned that sobriquet and it was Muhammad Ali. Ali was the greatest sportsman in my lifetime and in 1999, he was named by the editors of Sports...more

DOJ’s Pilot Program – The Five Factors Designed to Nurture the Compliance Function

Perhaps the most positive and important aspect of the FCPA Pilot Program was the announcement of forward-looking and innovative remediation requirements for corporate compliance programs. As an aside, DOJ’s FCPA Pilot...more

A COSO Look at Control Objectives

Brian Christensen, in an article in Corporate Compliance Insights (CCI) entitled “The Updated COSO Framework: Time for a Fresh Look at Internal Control”, said that the updated 2013 COSO Framework retained the core definition...more

Want to Work in Compliance – Learn How to Read a Balance Sheet

One of the most interesting tag lines I heard at Compliance Week 2016 was the following, if you want to work in my compliance department; you need to learn how to read a balance sheet. I thought that single line encapsulated...more

Addressing AML Risks in the Era of Aggressive Enforcement

The resurgence in anti-money laundering enforcement in the last few years reflects the overall improvement in the banking industry and recovery from the financial collapse. Federal prosecutors and regulators have renewed...more

AML Risks and Foreign Correspondent Banking

With the Panama Papers scandal and government promises of continued aggressive AML enforcement, financial institutions face a variety of risks that require increased vigilance and mitigation strategies....more

The Evolution of Compliance: Structural Changes Which Led to Compliance 2.0

If there was one theme from Compliance Week 2016 it was the continued evolution of the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) role and the compliance profession. Long gone are the days when someone is sent over from a legal...more

CCO Independence, Authority and Resources as Indicia of an Effective Compliance Program

At the Opening Session of Compliance Week 2016, Stephen L. Cohen, Associate Director of Enforcement, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Andrew Weissmann, Chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division’s...more

Global Standardization of Enforcement

Maybe I am a Luddite; maybe I just do not understand the new world and the impact of globalization. New ideas do not scare me, like others we know. New ideas present real opportunities for progress and innovation....more

ISO 37001: A New Measuring Stick for Corporate Compliance Programs

The International Organization for Standardization is developing a certifiable international standard for “anti-bribery management systems” that could influence how the US Department of Justice, US Securities and Exchange...more

The SEC, CCOs and Compliance Programs

Compliance programs, Chief Compliance Officers and liability have been the subject of a great deal of debate in recent months. Members of the Commission, for example, debated charging decisions regarding CCOs last year in...more

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