Why ‘Michael Cohen Risk’ Still Matters

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Over the weekend an ethics and compliance leader emailed me. This person has long, substantive experience in the field, and speaks about corporate compliance often; you would recognize the name immediately. The person had a question. Other than Radical Compliance, is anyone else talking about Corporate America’s suspicious payments to Michael Cohen, personal lawyer to…

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CCOs Seeking Public Office in 2018

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Now that the 2018 political season is picking up, we should talk about a small but splendid phenomenon I’ve noticed this spring: ethics and compliance officers running for public office. In New York we have Luke Brussel, a former head of compliance at GE Capital, First Data Corp., and Cengage Learning; he’s is running for…

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AT&T Wins Ethics Award, Looks Ridiculous

Ethics

Well this is awkward: AT&T won an award for corporate ethics earlier this week — just hours before news broke that the company paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to President Trump’s personal lawyer last year in what looks like a bribe to help curry favor with the Trump Administration. The award came on May…

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Weed Compromise Moves DOJ Nominees

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Compliance officers curious about Justice Department enforcement policy, take note: the Trump Administration and an influential senator have cleared the way for more than a dozen Justice Department nominees proceed through Senate confirmation after months of delays. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner said Friday that he wrangled a promise from President Trump not to crack down…

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Ethics and Firing David Shulkin

We should never underestimate the Trump Administration’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of ethical victory. That certainly seems to be the case with last week’s firing of David Shulkin, now former secretary of Veterans Affairs. Compliance officers in the corporate realm should take note, so your CEO doesn’t shoot your ethics program in…

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Lessons on Silos From Trump Administration

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We pivot back to the Trump Administration today, which continues to give compliance and governance professionals lessons galore in how not to run a large organization. I spotted an article on Politico.com last week, just before the government shutdown. The headline was “Shutdown threat tanks West Wing morale,” which is no surprise unto itself. One…

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More Compliance Lessons From HHS Dept.

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Rarely do we need a follow-up post about scandal in the government world, with even more lessons for compliance officers—but hats off to the Department of Health and Human Services, which nailed it with a recent, ill-advised foray into compliance training. Just last week we had our first post, about the misconduct of now-former HHS…

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