The cornerstone of any effective anti-corruption movement is the widespread conviction that systemic corruption is not inevitable – that it can change. That we can change it. That we actually don’t have to live with it.… Continue Reading
A U.S. State Department official said corruption is hurting Nigeria’s efforts to end the insurgency in the north east that’s now destabilizing the entire country.
Sarah Sewall, left, the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week that security forces “must overcome entrenched corruption and incompetence for it to rescue the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram on April 14,” a report by Punch said.… Continue Reading
America’s security apparatus has mixed views on corruption. While program officers at USAID and the State Department Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement sponsor programs abroad to fight corruption, Cabinet officials and parts of the Pentagon and intelligence community often turn a blind eye, supporting “their” corrupt politicians, or funding programs in such a way that the procurement process itself leads to corruption.… Continue Reading
Some members of Congress are evidently concerned that corporate defendants are getting off the hook. Too many deferred- and non-prosecution agreements, and not enough criminal indictments.
So acting assistant AG Mythili Raman, who’s now heading the DOJ’s criminal division, testified Wednesday before the U.S.… Continue Reading
Thursday’s landmark Supreme Court decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum has more relevance to the FCPA and Wal-Mart than you might think.
Kiobel concerned the Alien Tort Statute, a federal law passed in 1789 as part of the Judiciary Act.… Continue Reading
In this series we’re talking about the FCPA’s impact on developing countries. (Those who know me know that it’s all I talk about, really. But someone’s got to do it.).
Let’s say that the FCPA could have any of three net impacts on developing countries: it could help those countries, it could be neutral, or it could harm them.… Continue Reading
While the federal suspension and debarment (S/D) regime can always be improved, the consolidation of all civilian agencies is neither an appropriate nor effective solution. … Continue Reading
This is Part II of a three-part series on the SUSPEND Act. Part I is available here.
As we discussed in Part I, the SUSPEND Act mandates repealing all civilian agencies’ suspension and debarment (S/D) authority, and replacing the independent programs with a single Board of Civilian Suspension and Debarment.… Continue Reading
The United States Congress sometimes includes ‘findings’ in laws it adopts. They’re reasons behind a law — a bit of built-in legislative history.… Continue Reading