Compliance Bits & Pieces for July 30

Here are some recent stories that I found interesting:

When Compliance and Legal Functions Collide by Matt Kelly in Compliance Week‘s Big Picture

The general counsel is still the boss. Yes, I know, the revised U.S. Sentencing Guidelines say companies should have an independent compliance function, with a chief compliance officer who answers to the CEO or (ideally) the board. Well, that’s not happening yet. Fourteen of our 20 attendees said they report into the legal function; only two reported directly to the audit committee.

SEC Expects Massive Staff Increase Needed to Implement FinReg in Compliance Avenue

SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro, during her Testimony Concerning Oversight of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: Evaluating Present Reforms and Future Challenges, which she gave before the United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance and Government-Sponsored Enterprises, stated that the Commission expects to hire approximately 800 new positions during the course of the implementation.

Criminal Provisions in the Dodd-Frank Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act by NACDL’s White Collar Crime Section