Interesting doings at the Department of Justice, and other recent issues have brought forward the notion of how valuable (or not) is it for an organization’s compliance officer to be “famous” or have a high profile in (or outside) the organization. Compliance officers want to market and communicate about their programs, of course, but what are the positives and negatives of compliance professionals being the face of compliance at their organizations? Eric relates some situations that he’s observed in the past and how having a raised profile can effect “effective” operation of the program. Eric also relates this all back to the fundamental role and responsibilities for the person or persons responsible for the “day to day” of the program as defined in the Sentencing Guidelines. Ultimately you probably don’t want to “be the story” and compliance officers have to consider what the real goals of the program ought to be.