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Brian Benczkowski testifies at his confirmation hearing in 2017. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi / ALM)

Three months after being confirmed as head of the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal division, Brian Benczkowski has issued new business-friendly guidance that could curtail settlement agreements that require companies to hire an outside monitor to police compliance.

Benczkowski, speaking at a conference in New York on Friday, announced guidance that urges prosecutors to consider the “projected costs and burdens” of a compliance monitor, often an outside lawyer or consultant who is tasked with ensuring a company adheres to the terms of a settlement.

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C. Ryan Barber

C. Ryan Barber, based in Washington, covers government affairs and regulatory compliance. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @cryanbarber

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