Fred Williams Presents at "Accountability & Government & Business" Program

On September 21, 2010, Fred Williams gave a presentation to a delegation of 17 high-level business and government professionals from all over the world at the “Accountability & Government & Business” program. The delegation included Afghanistan’s Director of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation Development; Acting Chief, Supervision and Inspection, Palestine Monetary Authority; Executive Director, Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Republic of Maldives. They were in Charlotte through the International Visitor Leadership Program, a program of International House and the U.S. State Department.

Fred was invited to speak on issues related to accountability in government and business, including prosecution of government officials and the process and challenges of dealing with political corruption. He spoke generally on the need for separation of responsibilities, the difficulties of building a culture of compliance in business and government, and the difficulties of auditing, investigating, and prosecuting either one’s associates or apparent political allies, on the one hand, and one’s apparent political opponents on the other.

Fred’s presentation was based, in part, from his perspective of 38 years with the federal government, including time as a federal prosecutor and as part of the creation of the first federal Office of the Inspector General, six years with James, McElroy & Diehl, and 10 years teaching an ethics course at UNCC.

The visitors expressed interest in his views on a number of theoretical and practical issues by asking many questions.