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The financial scandals at Enron, WorldCom and other companies led to the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and to the demand for greater integrity in financial reporting. At the same time, the office of the general counsel took on the primary responsibility for corporate governance. Since Andrew Fastow, Scott Sullivan and other chief financial officers had been at the center of most of the devious reporting schemes, prudence dictated that the governance activity be completely separate from the finance department.

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