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Across the pond, the big picture, ripple, a muddy mess, to FCPA Inc., scrutiny alert, silly and erroneous, misleading, ISO 37001 related, and for the reading stack.

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Across the Pond

In this recent speech, David Green (Director of the U.K. Serious Fraud Office) said the U.K. Bribery Act is “regarded as a gold standard internationally” and, as further proof that so-called enforcement competition does exist, he stated:

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ISO 37001 – Who Will Certify You?

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Numerous prior posts have highlighted various aspects of ISO 37001 (see here, here, here, here, here, and here). I’ve generally been critical of much ISO 370001 commentary given that it seems like the only ones championing ISO 37001 are those providing ISO 37001 certifications.

Beyond my general observations, I admit that much about ISO certifications (and the broader ISO world and its numerous acronyms) is confusing to me and perhaps to you a well.

Thus, when I saw recent social media activity by Peter Osmanski (Director at the Claro Group) about the subject, I invited him to publish this guest post in the hopes that it would educate others.

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Friday Roundup

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Overhead at the town hall meeting, sentenced, investigative fees, “fake” FCPA news, fairly obvious, hook-line-and-sinker, fore, pardon me for being a stickler, ISO37001 related, and purely speculative and not credible.

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Overhead at the Town Hall Meeting

I can’t imagine that the FCPA is a frequent topic of discussion at New England town hall meetings. But as highlighted here it was recently a topic of discussion as “the new operator of a popular ski resort in New Hampshire [Och-Ziff]  faced off against concerned residents, some of whom fear the company’s past legal troubles raise doubts about whether it was the right choice to oversee the facility.”

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Random Musings

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Oh The Hypocrisy

In this recent opinion column, John Podesta (the chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign) calls SEC Chair Jay Clayton “a public critic of the FCPA.”

However, just because one voices some concerns as to how the FCPA is enforced (as a committee that Clayton chaired did in a 2011 report titled “The FCPA and its Impact on International Business Transactions – Should Anything Be Done to Minimize the Consequences of the U.S.’s Unique Position on Combating Offshore Corruption?”) does not make one a “public critic of the FCPA” (the law itself).

In recent years there was a high-profile and vocal critic of not only how the FCPA was enforced, but the FCPA itself. And that person was Andrew Weissmann, who in January 2015 joined the Obama Department of Justice to become Chief of the DOJ’s Fraud Section.

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Friday Roundup

Roundup

Quotable, no reliable way to measure, Microsoft explains, scrutiny alert, a direct selling license in China, and offensive use of the FCPA. It’s all here in the Friday roundup.

Quotable

Some think – or at least I’ve been told – that certain of my Foreign Corrupt Practices Act views are controversial or out of the “main stream” (whatever the “main stream” actually is or means). Yet, I am confident that much of what I write and talk about represents silent majority views.

Indeed, as I’ve commented before, one of the interesting things about writing about the FCPA and related issues on a daily basis is that often I just need to wait for a former FCPA enforcement official to say the same thing. 

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