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Thoughts on Attending My First Women in Compliance Conference — by María Astigarraga

By | AMI News, Media, Press
Thoughts on Attending My First Women in Compliance Conference

Last month I attended my first Women in Compliance Conference and Awards in London. It was such a great experience that I wanted to share who I met with, what I learned and why I recommend connecting with other global compliance leaders.

Around 80 people attended the Ccnference, coming from many countries like Spain, France, Italy, Germany, the USA, Finland, Belgium, China, Brazil, India, Russia and the UK, among others. Most women were working as compliance officers in big multinationals such as Boeing, Cargotec, General Electric, Pepsico, AB inBev, Tenneco, Whirlpool, Volkswagen or Bloomberg. But there were also some women working for SMEs and service providers like The Red Flag Group, Skadden, Mishcon de Reya or Affiliated Monitors.

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5-Part FCPA Podcast Series: Federal Contractor Responsibility for Ethics & Compliance

By | AMI News, Media, Press, Rod Grandon

In this special five-part podcast series, sponsored by Affiliated Monitors, Inc., Tom Fox visits with AMI Managing Director Rod Grandon. Along the way, they consider the responsibility of federal contractors to maintain their status as “Responsible Contractors” and explore the benefits of having an effective compliance and business ethics program not only to increase business efficiencies and profitability but prepare you in good stead if the regulators come knocking.

Day 1:

In this first episode, we introduce the concept of Responsible Contractors.

Day 2:

In this Episode 2, Grandon and Fox engage in more in-depth discussion what the government expects from contractors. The concept of the Responsible Contractor focuses on integrity and honesty. It goes beyond the notion of responsibility in all forms of interactions with the government and actions by the company in their commercial operations. 

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5-Part FCPA Podcast Series feat. Jesse Caplan: Emerging Issues in Healthcare Compliance & Monitoring

By | AMI News, Jesse Caplan, Media

In this special five-part podcast series, sponsored by Affiliated Monitors, Inc., Tom Fox visits with AMI Managing Director Jesse Caplan on emerging issues in healthcare compliance and monitoring. Healthcare provider organizations and practices face many different types of potential regulatory and liability risks. Listen to the full series below, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Day 1:

In this first episode they consider the risks to providers and health care organizations from opioid prescribing, and the current response from legislators and the Justice Department.



Day 2:

In this Episode 2, they discuss how healthcare organizations can identify and mitigate the risks from opioid prescribing by their practitioners.



Day 3:

In Part 3, Tom Fox and with Jesse Caplan discuss how health regulatory agencies are using independent monitoring to serve important public policy goals in the healthcare space.

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Maria Astigarraga of Affiliated Monitors Makes the Shortlist for ‘Compliance Consulting Team of the Year’ at the International Women in Compliance Awards

By | AMI News, Events, Media, Press

Maria Astigarraga of Affiliated Monitors Makes the Shortlist for Compliance Consulting Team of the Year at the International Women in Compliance Awards

A ceremony recognizing women leaders in the compliance world will take place in London on March 28th at the Women in Compliance Awards sponsored by C5.  And for first time, Affiliated Monitors will be there.  Our team lead by Maria Astigarraga, our Ethics & Compliance Partner based in Bilbao, Spain, was recognized and shortlisted for the Compliance Consulting Team of the Year.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to be shortlisted for the Compliance Consulting Team of the Year award. It’s a phenomenal honor for Affiliated Monitors and the great work by Maria in expanding AMI’s compliance work in Spain, to be recognized by the best in the field,” said founder and President Vin DiCianni.

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5-Part FCPA Podcast Series: 15 Years of Independent Monitoring Excellence

By | AMI News, Media, Vin DiCianni

In this special five-part podcast series, sponsored by Affiliated Monitors, Inc., Tom Fox and Vin DiCianni sit down as a retrospective of the company’s first 15 years. This podcast series is much more than simply the history of AMI as it details the rise of independent monitors in the US at multiple levels: the federal government, state agencies and local authorities as well as internationally. AMI has been at the forefront of not only the use of independent monitors but also the dramatic growth of the compliance and ethics profession over the past 15 years. This podcast series is a history of both the rise of independent monitors as well as the government’s embrace of corporate compliance and ethics programs. Listen to the full series below, on the FPCA YouTube, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

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FCPA Compliance & Ethics Podcast on the Benczkowski Memo — Full 5-Part Series

By | AMI News, Eric Feldman, Media, Press, Vin DiCianni

Day 1: In part 1 of this 5-part series on mergers and acquisitions, Eric Feldman and Tom Fox introduce the Benczkowski Memo and new DOJ announcements over the past year and what they mean for the compliance practitioner. Listen below, or on the FCPA Compliance Report

Day 2: Vin DiCianni joins Fox to consider how companies can use this information internally to bolster their compliance programs. Listen below, or on the FCPA website.

Day 3: In the previous episode in a podcast series on the DOJ’s Benczkowski Memo, Tom Fox and Vin DiCianni considered how companies can use this information externally to bolster their compliance programs. In this third episode, they consider this same issue from the external perspective.

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FCPA Compliance & Ethics Blog Series on the Benczkowski Memo

By | Eric Feldman, Media, Press, Vin DiCianni

In conjunction with the 5-part podcast series that Tom Fox hosted in January with Eric Feldman and Vin DiCianni on the DOJ announcements over the past year, Feldman joined Fox for a blog post to consider what strategies companies can use based upon these guidelines. The podcast series will explore how the Benczkowski Memo (the “Memo”) and other DOJ guidance into compliance programs can be used by compliance professionals to create more robust compliance programs. Feldman believes the Memo can be used as both a sword and shield in furtherance of more effective compliance programs.

Read part 1 HERE

In this second blog post, DiCianni emphasizes that the DOJ now mandates companies which come before them have an effective compliance program. Companies must demonstrate they had an effective compliance program, not a paper compliance program.

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Eric Feldman Elected to the 2019-2020 ACFE Board of Regents

By | Eric Feldman, Media

The ACFE is proud to announce that Eric R. Feldman, CFE, CIG, CCEP-I, and Bethmara Kessler, CFE, CISA, have been elected to the 2019-2020 ACFE Board of Regents. Fellow CFEs elected them from candidates selected by the Board’s nomination committee. Feldman and Kessler will take office at the Board’s meeting in February at ACFE headquarters in Austin, Texas.

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Affiliated Monitors, Inc. Loses One of Its Original Founders

By | AMI News, Media

November 26, 2018

Vin DiCianni, Founder and President of Affiliated Monitors, Inc. (“AMI”), shared the following:

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of one of AMI’s original founders, Richard Vincent. Dick was a giant in chiropractic medicine. His background as one of the leading chiropractors in the country, an original member of the first Chiropractic Board in Massachusetts, and in his role with the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (“FCLB”) is legendary.

I knew Dick through the Chiropractic Board and was fortunate to call on him as an expert witness in chiropractic cases.  Before AMI was launched, Dick was a source of wisdom and advice for me, weighing in on the potential for monitoring not only chiropractors, but other professionals as well.

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Eric Feldman selected among 6 candidates for ACFE Board of Regents’ ballot

By | Eric Feldman, Media

Six candidates have been selected to compete for two positions on the 2019-2020 Board of Regents: Bethmara Kessler, CFE, CISA; Ryan Duquette, CFE, CFCE; Robert E. Holtfreter, Ph.D., CFE, CICA, CBA; Maheswari Kanniah, CFE, FCIS; Ian A. Younger, CMgr; Eric R. Feldman, CFE, CIG, CCEP-I.

The board sets standards to promote professionalism and to ensure the reputation of the CFE credential. Beginning Nov. 1 and ending Dec. 31, members will be able to vote online at ACFE.com

ACFE members can vote below:

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