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New Year’s Resolution: An Anti-Corruption Plan

By on January 28, 2022

Last June, President Joe Biden established countering corruption as a core national security interest. He also directed certain agencies to adopt a presidential strategy focused on promoting good governance, bringing transparency to the U.S. and global financial systems, preventing and combating corruption at home and abroad, and making it difficult for corrupt actors to shield their activities. We will examine whether Puerto Rico has given any thought to this presidential directive. Last month’s federal corruption arrests show otherwise.

Anti-corruption plans demand that executive branch agencies and departments set a behavioral standard that achieves a culture of ethical practices and compliance with anti-corruption laws, rules, practices, and processes. Department heads are responsible for agency program oversight, as well as expertise and resource location.

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