Compliance is one of the firm’s practice areas that is of great interest to us. One of the issues that is important for businesses to be aware of is that they need to have an anti-insider trading compliance program in place. Certain businesses that do federal contracting have until November 30, 2016 to ensure that the political intelligence that they have or have produced, is protected, if it is nonpublic material information. They must ensure that it is not at risk for discovery by the public because it could then be used to trade investments on (For more on the new rule, read more here:
https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/insider-threat/2016/06/responding-to-new-federal-requirements-for-contractors.html). When I was a GAO employee, I wrote the legal portions of a report that discussed a similar topic, called: Political Intelligence: Financial Market Value of Government Information Hinges on Materiality and Timing (http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-389).
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