On April 24, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke at the Ethics and Compliance Initiative Annual Conference.  In his remarks, Sessions stated that he wanted to “make clear” that, under his leadership, “the Department of Justice remains committed to enforcing all the laws”  including “laws regarding corporate misconduct, fraud, foreign corruption and other types of white-collar crime.”  Sessions noted that he spent his “first weeks as Attorney General” making sure that the Department “strengthens its focus on some key issues,” such as violent crime, immigration, and transnational cartels, gangs and human traffickers.  He stated, however, that “focusing on these challenges does not mean we will reduce our efforts in other areas.”  He added: “This Department of Justice will continue to investigate and prosecute corporate fraud and misconduct; bribery; public corruption; organized crime; trade-secret theft; money laundering; securities fraud; government fraud; health care fraud; and Internet fraud, among others.”  Stating that “corruption harms free competition, distorts prices, and often leads to substandard products and services coming into this country,” Sessions specifically noted that the Department “will continue to strongly enforce the FCPA and other anti-corruption laws.”  Turning to individual accountability, Sessions said that the “Department of Justice will continue to emphasize the importance of holding individuals accountable for corporate misconduct.”  He added that “[i]t is not merely companies, but specific individuals, who break the law” and that the Department “will work closely with our law enforcement partners, both here and abroad, to bring these persons to justice.”  Finally, Sessions stated that, in making charging decisions, the Department “will continue to take into account whether companies have good compliance programs; whether they cooperate and self-disclose their wrongdoing; and whether they take suitable steps to remediate problems.”