G20 Anti-Corruption Advocacy Work

 

TI-USA continues to advocate for implementation and enforcement of the G20 2013-2014 Anti-Corruption Action Plan.  We are leading the Anti-Corruption Policy group for Inter-Action which is an alliance organization of  more than 180 U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations.  TI-USA has drafted the Inter-Action Anti-Corruption Policy Paper.  Our prioritized recommendations for areas that the G20 should tackle in 2014 include:  enforcement of international anti-corruption conventions; implementing effective anti-money laundering actions including collecting beneficial ownership information upon incorporation; and adoption and implementation of a global standard on natural resource transparency.

 

          U.S. Becomes Candidate for Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

March 19, 2014

The Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) approved the membership application from the United States.  Under EITI, participating governments work hand-in-hand with company and civil society representatives to produce reports that help citizens understand how the government manages its extractive sectors. The reports include parallel public disclosures by both the government and companies, of the payments that companies have made to the government on their oil, gas and mining development.  The United States is the first G8 country to be accepted for membership.  TI-USA is a member of the advisory committee formed to implement EITI in the United States.  Read more about EITI in the United States.

Press Releases

White House                                               House Natural Resources Committee, Ranking Member Peter DeFazio

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                  TI-USA and TI-Rwanda Begin Procurement Monitoring Project

February 5, 2014

As part of TI-USA’s focus on reducing corruption and increasing transparency in public procurements, TI-USA and TI-Rwanda have commenced a procurement monitoring project, under which TI-Rwanda is using the Civil Society Procurement Monitoring Tool developed by TI-USA to monitor infrastructure procurements in four Rwandan districts.  The project will allow TI-Rwanda to identify weaknesses in Rwandan public procurement procedures that may make procurements vulnerable to corruption and fraud, and will identify stages of the procurement process that lack transparency.   The results of this project will be used to suggest concrete ways in which Rwanda’s public procurement process can be made more transparent and less vulnerable to corruption.

 

      TI-USA Advocacy

 

TI-USA urges Congress to pass the DATA Act, legislation that would significantly improve fiscal transparency

Continuing its advocacy before the U.S. Government, TI-USA recently wrote to Senator Carl Levin and Representatives Maxine Waters and Carolyn Maloney to urge them to enact legislation to require persons forming U.S. corporations to disclose for law enforcement purposes the names of the beneficial owners of those corporations.

TI-USA also wrote to the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Froman, seeking the inclusion of comprehensive and enforceable transparency and anti-corruption provisions in the U.S.-European Union trade agreement announced in July.

      TI-USA Board News

 

TI-USA welcomes Cynthia Canary, Christiaan Poortman and Glenn Ware to the Board of Directors

    TI-USA Employment Opportunities

TI-USA has a position for a full time Fundraiser Professional open. Please see details and job description under "Who We Are-Jobs and Internships".

TI-USA has an Event Manager (Consultant) position open. Please see details and job description under "Who We Are-Jobs and Internships".

KEY PRIORITIES

 

 

Richard Lugar

 

TI-USA is pleased to announce that Former Senator Richard Lugar received the TI-USA Integrity Award and Fluor received the TI-USA Corporate Leadership Award at the TI-USA Dinner on April 22, 2013.

See Video Remarks:

Fluor  Richard Lugar

See Citations Presented:
To Fluor   |   To Richard Lugar

 

Call for Nominations: 2014 TI-USA Integrity Award

 

TI-USA is accepting nominations for the 2014 Integrity Award Honoree. To nominate a deserving individual or organization, click here

To download the nomination form, please click here.

To review the Integrity Award nomination guidelines, please click here.

 

Taking Action

 

PROGRESS REPORT 2013: ASSESSING ENFORCEMENT OF THE OECD ANTI-BRIBERY CONVENTION


Transparency International (TI) released its ninth annual progress report on the enforcement of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention today. TI-USA contributed substantially to the this report.


The report presents an independent assessment on the status of enforcement in all of the 40 Parties to the Convention. There are four countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, and Switzerland) in the active enforcement category and another four (Italy, Australia, Austria, and Finland) in the moderate enforcement category. However, in half of the Convention countries there is little or no enforcement against bribery of foreign officials and in another ten countries there is limited enforcement. To read more click here:http://bit.ly/1hyk3eJ

 

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TI Global Corruption Report - Education


October 1, 2013 – Transparency International issued its annual Global Corruption Report, focusing on corruption in the education sector. The 442 book addresses corruption through all levels of education and in many countries around the world. Patterns emerge of bribery of school officials, selling fake diplomas, falsifying test scores and no-show teachers. The Report also highlights, however, many useful ways to integrate anti-corruption education in schooling. The Global Corruption Report: Education can be viewed online at www.transparency.org.

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TI UK Defense Report

September 17, 2013 Transparency International UK’s Defence and Security Program issued a report today called ‘Watchdogs?’, focusing on legislative transparency and oversight of the defense and national security sectors. Of 82 national legislatures, four were found to have practices that result in “very low” risk of corruption and 12 (including the United States) had “low” risk. 52 of the legislatures were placed in ‘high’, ‘very high’, and ‘critical’ risk bands. The report includes examples of good legislative practices and is available at http://government.defenceindex.org/parliaments.

 

 

           

 

IN FOCUS

TI-USA’s Civil Society Procurement Monitoring Tool

New

TI-USA has recently completed the Civil Society Procurement Monitoring (CSPM) Tool, a web-based tool that is meant to support Civil Society Organizations and individuals who are engaged in monitoring public procurement.

The tool’s main component is the Monitoring Assistant, an interactive checklist of common red flags of corruption in public procurement. The tool also includes a case study-based Training Module, a Procurement Monitoring Guide, links to useful resources for procurement monitoring, as well as a Learning Community where users can share their procurement monitoring experiences.  

The tool is currently operational and it is free and open for use.  It can be accessed at this Link

CSPM Tool 1-pager

 

         Beneficial Ownership Transparency

 

Transparency International – USA welcomes the U.S. focus on beneficial ownership transparency. On August 1, 2013, Senator Carl Levin introduced the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act in the Senate. It is co-sponsored by Senators Feinstein, Grassley, and Harkin. To read Senator Carl Levin’s floor statement, click here.
The United States committed to implementing beneficial ownership transparency with the adoption of the G8 Action Plan for Transparency of Company Ownership and Control during the June G8 meeting in Northern Ireland. The White House published an Action Plan on June 18, 2013.

 

Transparency International’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer

 

Transparency International’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer was released on Tuesday, July 9. The Barometer is the world’s largest public opinion survey on corruption, surveying over 144,000 people in 107 countries. The Barometer shows both global and U.S. concerns regarding corruption and transparency in government institutions and political culture. Globally, one in two people surveyed, believes corruption has increased in their country over the past two years. To access the report, please click here.

At the UN:  Effects of Corruption on Economic Growth

September 24, 2012 - In association with the UN General Assembly meeting, TI-USA’s Claudia Dumas moderated the high-level panel “Strengthening the Rule of Law:  The Fight Against Corruption and Its Impact on Sustainable Economic Growth.” 

The event was hosted by President of Austria Heinz Fischer, President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Japan Foreign Affairs Minister Koichiro Gemba, and Tunisia Foreign Affairs Minister Rafik Abdessalem and included remarks by Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Jan Eliasson. 

Discussion centered on the detrimental effects of corruption on economic growth, society, and good business, with a report of state and company-level measures to counter corruption.

 

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

Walmart:  TI-USA Board Member Ben Heineman on Walmart's Bribery Scandal.

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TI-USA and a broad Coalition of 32 other civil society organizations sent a letter calling for Congress to refrain from amending the FCPA. Press release.

See TI-USA’s July 2011 Statement on Reform of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

 

APEC Procurement Transparency

TI-USA released reports on implementation of APEC Transparency Standards for Government Procurement concluding that more vigorous government and private sector efforts are needed.  Summary of Findings & Recommendations; Press Release; Reports on, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. Findings from the report were presented at the World Bank Institute.