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Transparency, hilarious, fact-checking, little sense, just saying, and for the reading and listening stack. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Transparency

The Project on Government Oversight (POGO) recently this document titled “Baker’s Dozen: 13 Policy Areas That Require Congressional Action” noting that a “lack of transparency around enforcement of the FCPA leaves lingering questions about its utility.” POGO then proposes:

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FCPA Flash Podcast – A Conversation With Tom Firestone Regarding The Demand Side Of Bribery

FCPA Flash

The FCPA Flash podcast provides in an audio format the same fresh, candid, and informed commentary about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related topics as readers have come to expect from written posts on FCPA Professor.

This FCPA Flash episode is a conversation with Tom Firestone (Baker & McKenzie). During the podcast, Firestone talks about his recent article titled “Two to Tango Attacking the Demand Side of Bribery” and how the demand side of bribery can be best addressed from a legal and policy perspective.

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Once Again, Rebooting A Long-Standing FCPA Proposal, This Time In The Aftermath Of A Recent Disclosure By Hertz

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Including the first time I proposed this concept in 2010, this is the eight time I have written this general post (see herehereherehereherehere and here for the previous versions) and until things change I will keep writing it which means I will probably keep writing this same general post long into the future.

The proposal is this: when a company voluntarily discloses an FCPA internal investigation to the DOJ and/or SEC and when one or both of the enforcement agencies do not bring an enforcement action, have the enforcement agency publicly state, in a thorough and transparent mannerthe facts the company disclosed and why the enforcement agency did not bring an enforcement action based on those facts.

As highlighted in this prior post, in 2017 rental car company Hertz Global Holdings disclosed:

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FCPA Flash – A Conversation With Alice Fisher Regarding DOJ FCPA Enforcement And Policy

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The FCPA Flash podcast provides in an audio format the same fresh, candid, and informed commentary about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related topics as readers have come to expect from written posts on FCPA Professor.

This FCPA Flash episode is a conversation with Alice Fisher (Latham & Watkins and former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the DOJ’s Criminal Division). During the podcast, Fisher discusses: the DOJ’s recent non-binding policy discouraging “piling on”;  the DOJ’s FCPA Opinion Procedure program in light of her 2006 comments as Assistant AG that the program should “be something that is useful as a guide to business”; whether the DOJ’s long-standing efforts to encourage voluntary disclosure have failed (for instance in the same above-linked speech Fisher stated: “I can tell you [companies] in unequivocal terms that you will get a real benefit” for voluntary disclosure; whether FCPA enforcement (in terms of resolution vehicles, enforcement theories, DOJ/SEC policy, etc.) has evolved for the better or the worse since her time at the DOJ; and what about the FCPA (the actual statute) or FCPA enforcement (DOJ/SEC enforcement policy, resolution vehicles, etc.) should change and why.

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House Holds Hearing On FCPA Relevant Issues

Capital Hill

Last week, the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment held a hearing titled “Ensuring Effectiveness, Fairness, and Transparency in Securities Law Enforcement.”

Several of the issues discussed at the hearing were Foreign Corrupt Practices Act relevant such as disgorgement, statute of limitations and tolling agreements, the long time periods associated with issuer scrutiny, and “regulation by enforcement.”

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