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What is the assessment of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act?
Is it likely to be a major hindrance for U.S. multinationals?
What position should the U.S. government take regarding the tactics used by foreign multinationals in international competition?

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1. What is your assessment of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)?

It is important for United States to keep its integrity and uphold its value, both domestically and worldwide. Therefore, when Americans are involved in the business transactions domestically or internationally, these good business practices should be followed, and because they were not, the government had a responsibility to step in with the FCPA. In fact, many business and corporations that were using bribes or other corrupt business practices to obtain or secure businesses, and were charged (see actions taken against bribery on p. 6 of the attached file).

2. Is it likely to be a major hindrance for U.S. multinationals?

The only hindrance would be learning about what is required by the ECPA, and ...

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