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On June 1, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released an updated version of its “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs” guidelines for prosecutors to apply in assessing compliance program effectiveness in the context of resolving criminal investigations of companies (the DOJ Guidance). The latest revisions to the DOJ Guidance — originally published by the DOJ’s Criminal Division in February 2017 and updated in April 2019 — are not voluminous. Nonetheless, the changes reflect a continued and concerted emphasis by DOJ on the robustness of a company’s processes for reevaluation and, as necessary, evolution of the organization’s compliance program to ensure it is not only in place, but working effectively. Parallels to the prominence of measuring and testing compliance programs found in the DOJ Guidance for criminal prosecutions can be found in the practice and policies of the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS-OIG), which investigates civil, criminal, and administrative violations of the healthcare laws, often in conjunction with the DOJ.
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By Robert J. Anello and Richard F. Albert
By undoing some of the higher profile policy changes of the prior administration that many perceived as business-friendly, the current administration has served notice on the business and financial community of a return to practices characteristic of a more aggressive enforcement regime.
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By Nola B. Heller and Samson Enzer
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