Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Project

US military and stabilization operations force mergers of more than security policies. Government contractors who carry out these operations must also merge US business practices with local laws and customs, a convergence regulated by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The FCPA—enacted in 1977—made it unlawful for persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. More than 35 years later, FCPA enforcement is contentious.

Persistent bribery is a scourge to global commerce and good governance. It undermines the rule of law, facilitates other criminal activity, prevents businesses from identifying actual costs, and creates an unfair playing field for all competitors.

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FCPA Resources

The following guides and other resources have been prepared by the staff of the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice and the Enforcement Division of the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

FCPA Resource Guide

This guide is intended to provide information for businesses and individuals regarding the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). ]

A Lay Person’s Guide to the FCPA

A general description of the FCPA, not intended to substitute for specific counsel on FCPA matters.

Other Resources

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