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‘Ma, We Were Only Pretexting!’ No More Worries About Filling The Pages

Matt Kelly | October 24, 2006

Ten months ago, when I took this job as managing editor of Compliance Week, even amid all the news and announcements coming across my desk, I still had a nagging, semi-ridiculous fear: that we would run out of things to write about.

When you think about it, that’s not a completely unwarranted phobia for a newcomer to have. After all, our business isn’t rocket science: Some regulatory agency comes out with a rule, we publish a few articles telling executives how it works, and we track your peers to see if there are any lessons to be learned. How hard can that be, right? After we explain the critical provisions and offer tips regarding compliance, what else is there to say about it?

Well, I now know that the fount of compliance confusion gushes without end—largely thanks to a select few members of Corporate America who, so often and in so many ways, prove themselves to be outstandingly dumb. Then the rest of us pay the price.

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