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A glimpse into the Department of Justice’s ethics and compliance operations

Jaclyn Jaeger | March 8, 2019

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in public remarks this week provided a glimpse into how the Department of Justice conducts its own ethics and compliance operations.

“We instill a culture of ethical conduct from the first day employees take the oath of office—an oath to well and faithfully execute the duties of their office,” Rosenstein said in a keynote address on FCPA Enforcement Developments on March 7. “Our Department’s name contains a moral value, and we reinforce it. We teach our employees what it means to stand for Justice.”

“But no organization with 115,000 employees is flawless,” Rosenstein said. “We maintain a culture of integrity, not merely a culture of trust. We do not assume that everyone will obey their oath. We rely on auxiliary precautions. We need mechanisms to correct mistakes and punish wrongdoers.”


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