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Happy Patriots’ Day

And the shot heard ’round the world Was the start of the Revolution. The Minute Men were ready, on the move. Take your powder, and take your gun. Report to General Washington. – Schoolhouse Rock! Patriots’ Day is a celebration of the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the Revolutionary […]

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Compliance Failure at the Oscars

PwC had a public failure last night, in the worst possible way, during the Oscars telecast. After running nearly 45 minutes over schedule, the final remaining award was for best picture. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were on stage with a red envelope. The duo was presenting the best picture award in celebration of the 50th […]

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It’s tough thinking about compliance this morning after staying up to watch the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history by one of the greatest quarterbacks, orchestrated by one of the greatest coaches. I reflect back humbly. I grew up with the red-uniformed Patsies. I remember the 1 and 2 win seasons. I remember the years […]

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Happy Holidays from Compliance Building

I hope you are having a happy and joyous holiday season. Whether it be Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus, Feast of Winter Veil, Saturnalia, or New Year’s Eve, I hope you get to spend some extra time with friends and family during this last week of 2016. Doug    

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What Now? Trump Presidency and Compliance

While votes are still being counted, it’s clear that the Clinton Firewall in Michigan and Wisconsin did not hold. Get used to saying “President Trump.” The other story is that Republicans held the Senate, leaving Congress in the hands of the Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan. That means some aspect of the Republican platform will […]

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An election cycle that has been dragging on for ever is almost over. If you have not yet voted, be an informed voter. I urge to look at the issues. Try using to see which candidate best aligns with your positions on the issues. Then line up and cast your vote. I took advantage […]

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I had my first cycling crash of the season this weekend. My fault. No cars involved. I was complying with traffic laws. I just made a mistake. We all make mistakes. This one left me on the tarmac. I spent the weekend dropping off The Girl at sleep-away camp in the Berkshires. (Her first time […]

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Happy Original Brexit Day

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the […]

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I’m Asking For Your Money

Compliance Building is a free resource I publish for me, and share with you, to help the compliance profession. But I’m asking for money. I should point out that the money is not for me; It’s for charity. I’m riding the Pan Mass Challenge in 2016 and hope you will consider supporting me this year. […]

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Can Money Buy An Election?

When Jeb Bush dropped out of the Presidential race this weekend, my first thought was about all that money. Running for elected office costs too much money and all that money is seen a corrupting influence. One of the most controversial rulings was Citizens United that broadened the rights of corporations and unions when comes […]

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