Jottings By An Employer's Lawyer

Monday, March 27, 2006

If You Are Finding It Harder to Negotiate with the Feds

This headline might be the reason why: U.S. fails to collect billions in penalties for wrongdoing; many reasons why. The story that ran in the Austin American Statesman on Sunday was an AP piece by Martha Mendoza and Christopher Sullivan, pointing out that large fines which are often announced by federal officials often go unpaid, or are significantly reduced.

Although there are often legitimate reasons for such reductions, it seems likely that depending on how much heat is generated by this story (and of course it doesn't help that Congress returns this week from recess) some federal officials might be taking a harder negotiating stance when it comes to compliance issues.

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