Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs – Updated June 2020 – U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division

David W. Tate, Esq., San Francisco and California – dave@tateattorney.com

You may have heard that the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division has updated its Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (June 2020). I have provided below a link to the updated guidance. The changes can be and are important.

Click on the following link for the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Updated June 2020: evaluation-of-corporate-compliance-programs-june-2020-revision

The updated guidance will be discussed in many legal articles and blog posts. And I have not had the time to digest all of the changes. However, for example, below I have provided a snapshot of a paragraph that has been revised and expanded in the Introduction section, and also a snapshot of the revised three fundamental questions (note the revisions to number 2 requiring that the program be adequately resourced and empowered to function effectively). The third fundamental question also still remains challenging, i.e., “Does the corporation’s compliance program work” in practice, and what do you have to do to be able to make the determination that it does “work”?


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