The White House yesterday released a national security paper defining U.S. interests and affirming the fight against corruption as a cornerstone of American foreign policy.
Much has already been written about the November election and FCPA enforcement and compliance. My perspective comes from a five-year experience cooperating with the DOJ, and which spanned two administrations, including a complete change of leadership at the Justice Department after President Obama’s first electoral victory.… Continue Reading
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control published a new set of questions and answers Thursday about the sanctions on Cuba. OFAC’s answers will surprise a lot of people.
President Obama announced a lifting of sanctions in late 2014.… Continue Reading
Whether we agree with their politics or not, most presidential candidates are a great example of mass communicators, educators, and trainers. They manage to engage millions of people on issues that many would usually consider boring, such as the minutiae of domestic and foreign policies.… Continue Reading
China’s official Xinhua News agency marked America’s cooperation on China’s overseas anti-graft efforts as an important milestone achieved during President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Washington in late September.
During President Xi’s trip, the U.S.… Continue Reading
In a June 23 letter, 130 members of Congress urged President Obama to finalize an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political contributions.
“With public funds come public responsibilities,” the letter said, and at $350 billion yearly in federal spending alone, the U.S.… Continue Reading
The NSS is important. It sets the agenda for the executive branch of the government — the DOJ and SEC, the State Department, the Commerce Department, the Treasury Department, and so on — and it signals foreign policy priorities to Congress.… Continue Reading
China’s State Council has released a plan to increase salaries of civil servants amid public expectations that it will help curb corruption.
President Xi Jinping and other six members of the Politburo Standing Committee will have their annual salary increased from 7,020 yuan ($1,130) to 11,385 yuan ($1,759), a 62 per cent jump, according to the plan.… Continue Reading
President Obama will be in Myanmar later this week for the East Asia Summit. A story Thursday by Jane Perlez of the New York Times reminded the president and the rest of the world about the plight of Myanmar’s one million Rohingya people and their victimization by corrupt police and immigration officials.… Continue Reading
The DOJ is enhancing whistleblower protections for employees who expose problems at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where reports of retaliation have been criticized by the White House and lawmakers.
An October 17 letter from Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik to Senators Charles Grassley and Ron Wyden set out 11 reforms to encourage workers to come forward without fear of reprisals.… Continue Reading