Calculating Corporate Compliance & The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
Brian S. Haney, Calculating Corporate Compliance & The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, 19 U. Pitt. J. Tech. L. & Pol'y 1 (2018).
35 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2018 Last revised: 11 Mar 2021
Date Written: April 1, 2018
Technology is rapidly disrupting every industry and institution around the globe. Yet, corporate compliance has remained relatively unaffected by technological change when compared to other industries. If firms continue to lag behind in their compliance efforts, their risk exposure to the potentially lethal sanctions associated with major compliance failures will continue to increase with time. This is particularly true in the context of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). Generally, the FCPA is a regulatory statute that forbids bribery and false accounting for domestic firms doing business abroad. And, in the past decade the DOJ and SEC have begun aggressively enforcing the FCPA. Firms should begin using technology to develop more robust and cost-efficient compliance programs in order to insulate themselves from the FCPA’s harsh penalties.
This paper provides an algorithm that allows firms to evaluate and improve their compliance programs in accordance with several published sources of guidance. Compliance scholars have made clear that it is critical for firms to maintain strong corporate compliance programs and have suggested different models and frameworks for internal evaluation and auditing. However, those suggestions fail to consider how technology may be used to improve the cost-efficiency of corporate compliance & ethics programs. This paper takes an informatics based approach to evaluating and improving firm compliance by focusing on the most important compliance functions according to the DOJ, courts, and other Government actors. Indeed, firms may drastically improve the cost-efficiency of their compliance efforts by adopting the analytical framework proposed in this paper.
Keywords: Technology, law, compliance, government contracts, legal informatics, FCPA, international
JEL Classification: K10
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