Scanlon, Durbin, Blumenthal Introduce Bill Requiring Justice Department to Publish Data on Federal Corporate Criminal Enforcement Actions
Washington, November 29, 2022
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) today joined Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in introducing the Corporate Crime Database Act, bicameral legislation that requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to collect, aggregate, analyze, and publish comprehensive data on federal corporate criminal enforcement actions. Currently, there is no comprehensive national data collection on corporate crime and no centralized database of federal enforcement actions against corporations that the public can view. The members are joined on the bill by Representative Jamie Raskin (MD-08).
"While the Department of Justice regularly collects data on nearly every type of street-level crime, there is very little reporting of corporate and white-collar crimes, with the last thorough DOJ report on corporate crime being in 1979," said Rep. Scanlon. "Without data or transparency, lawmakers, journalists, and the public are left in the dark about the size and scope of corporate crime in America and the effectiveness of the federal government's response. I'm proud to join Senators Durbin and Blumenthal in introducing the Corporate Crime Database Act to improve corporate crime enforcement by the DOJ and ensure that our justice system is fair and equal for all.”
“We believe that comprehensive, national data collection and a searchable public database of the results of federal enforcement actions against corporations and individual actors engaging in corporate misconduct would provide better oversight, inform DOJ’s corporate criminal prosecution practices, and demonstrate the effectiveness of corporate sanctions—which is exactly what our bill aims to do,” said Senator Durbin. “I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this common sense legislation to curtail corporate crime.”
“This legislation will aid efforts to fight criminal corporate conduct. Collecting and reporting data on enforcement actions against white-collar criminals are essential to holding wrongdoers accountable. By providing this critical information, the Corporate Crime Database Act will deter future crimes and protect victims,” said Senator Blumenthal.
“Many of our hardworking federal prosecutors and investigators dedicate their careers to catching embezzlers, hucksters and corporate rip-off artists," said Rep. Raskin. "Yet, with no mechanism in place to track the diligent oversight of federal agencies and the volume and magnitude of crimes committed by corporations, shadowy businesses are getting away with outrageous theft. I'm proud to join my colleagues in the House and Senate to introduce this legislation that will aggregate cases of corporate malfeasance and better prepare legislators, regulators and our people to address the problem of corporate crime."
Specifically, the Corporate Crime Database Act would require the Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) within DOJ to:
Last month, Scanlon, Durbin, and Blumenthal sent a letter to Attorney General Garland urging him to begin collecting, analyzing, and publishing Department-wide data on corporate criminal enforcement actions.
Find the full bill text here.
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