Bill Would Restrict Settlement Agreements from Federal Enforcement Actions

Publish Date: 
October 23, 2017
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NACA joins organizations in opposing H.R. 732, the so-called Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017 that would prohibit settlement agreements where the United States is a party from including certain “donations” to non-federal actors, primarily non-profits, educational, and community-based organizations. Settlements from federal enforcement actions can include payments to third parties to advance programs that assist with recovery, benefits, and relief for communities harmed by lawbreakers. H.R. 732 would cut off any payments to third parties other than individualized restitution and other forms of direct payment for “actual harm.” That restriction would handcuff federal enforcement officials by limiting the ability of federal enforcement officials to negotiate real relief for harms caused to the public by illegal conduct that is the subject of federal enforcement actions.