We're saying thank you today for an unexpected New Year's gift from Jay Varkey. What did he give us? The perfectly named twitter.com/FCPA. He's had the page for a while and gathered quite a few followers. But he thought of us.
In our world, his donation is roughly equivalent to the Louisiana Purchase with Alaska and Hawaii thrown in. We're overwhelmed. The only condition Jay placed on the gift: Put it to good use to promote the FCPA and related topics. We'll do our best.
Jay is based in Washington, D.C. as a Managing Consultant with Navigant. He conducts FCPA investigations in the U.S. and Europe and other compliance work in the Middle East and Asia. His colleague and our frequent rescuer, Cody Worthington, handled arrangements for the transfer -- the smoothest toss since Tinker to Evers to Chance.
To those already following the FCPA page on Twitter, hello and thank you. And we look forward to others joining the discussion here.
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How powerful is Twitter in the world of compliance? The story is still being written. By coincidence, Rochelle Meddoff's article today for the Global Graft Report explores the world-changing potential of 140 characters. She writes about India's SMS / text messaging anti-corruption campaign. From the start, she says, it put enormous power in the hands of . . . everyone. In the same way that Twitter has. Her story is here.