ethics and compliance

budget cuts

Government Contracting: Surviving the “New Normal” of Instability

The Budget Control Act of 2011 promised to reduce the budget deficit, and deep cuts have been made across the board, with government contractors paying an especially high price. Historically, government contractors have enjoyed stability in terms of revenue and profits, but neither is certain in a period of market volatility when budget cuts are high priority.

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Fixing a Company’s Ethics and Compliance Culture

In the aftermath of a serious violation, efforts to overhaul a company's culture of ethics and compliance may seem too little, too late. And can it even be done, anyway? With the right players at the helm it can. With the Board and the CEO jointly and sincerely championing change, the organization stands a far greater ...

small and big

FCPA Compliance for SMEs: How Smaller Companies Meet Enforcement Agency Expectations

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are as subject to FCPA regulations as their much larger counterparts, but how they apply resolutions necessarily differs a bit. FCPA expert Matteson Ellis provides valuable insights here on what medium and small firms can do from a compliance standpoint to meet FCPA enforcement expectations, even while faced with the challenge drawing from ...

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Ethics and Compliance Risk Projections for 2014

What does the future hold for the ethics and compliance function? LRN mines analysis from leading E&C experts to make projections about what's to come. Among the trends: greater focus on supply chain management, integrity pacts, and heightened vigilance with regard to FCPA compliance. Also, data management and social media are under the microscope, and when ...

transparency

To Be a Criminal, You Have to Act Like a Criminal

Lawyers, compliance professionals and senior management at companies can be obsessive when it comes to the threat of criminal liability. Please do not get me wrong, I am not minimizing the risk of criminal prosecution, nor I am suggesting that everyone go out and start paying bribes overseas.

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Encouraging Communication of Employee Concerns

One of the hardest issues for compliance professionals is encouraging employees to raise concerns about ethics and compliance issues. It becomes even more difficult when the government establishes whistleblower programs offering financial rewards for employees to tell the government about the problems.

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Risk Assessment – By the Book

Nothing is more important to developing and maintaining an effective C&E program than risk assessment, and effective risk assessment is, as a general matter, perhaps the most daunting task a C&E officer is likely to face.