Research Security: The Latest on Disclosures, Compliance, and Foreign Influence

March 16, 2021

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Research grant recipients continue to face intense scrutiny for and allegations of inappropriate foreign influence. The United States Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services has recently emphasized growing concerns regarding inappropriate influence by foreign entities over federally funded research by issuing a lengthy and detailed survey to institutions. At the same time, many other inquiries from this past year remain open.

During this webinar, speakers will discuss current best practices based on the growth in new compliance activities related to foreign influence. While the presentation will touch upon the latest cases, the majority of the time will focus on potential communication, training, procedures, and practices in accordance with guidance from the government. In particular, the session will cover:

  1. The impact of new OIG activity in this area
  2. Current Congress and DOJ/FBI efforts and laws intended to protect federally funded research from alleged foreign influence
  3. Review of the spectrum of risk: employment, administrative, civil, criminal
  4. Current expectations for balancing individual and institutional liability for Institutions of Higher Education and Principal Investigators
  5. An update on statements from the government with the change in administration
  6. Sponsored research policies, procedures, templates, tools
  7. Roles and best practices in connecting with the individuals in your community that should be part of your process to ensure accurate and complete disclosures

Target Audience

  • Research Grant Administrators
  • Business Officers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Counsel
  • Sponsored Research Leadership

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be better able to:

  • Evaluate the latest approaches to policies and procedures related to research grant disclosure
  • Implement the latest best practices in training and tools for compliance operations in high-risk areas
  • Discuss the potential statutory and/or regulatory changes since the change in administration
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
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Event starts: 
03/16/2021 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
03/16/2021 - 2:00pm EDT


Phillip is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Federal Grants and Health Law practice groups. A native of Puerto Rico, Phillip’s bilingual, nationwide practice serves non-profit organizations, municipalities, local government agencies, and other federal grantees. Prior to joining Feldesman Tucker, Phillip ran a practice from San Juan which spanned corporate, business, public policy, government and contract law, and included contested matters and appeals before state and federal courts. [Full Bio]


Mustafa is a Partner in the firm’s Health Law, Education, and Litigation practice groups. He has significant experience in creating and leading healthcare regulatory and compliance functions, internal investigations and litigation (e.g., False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback, and Stark Law), and transactional matters. Mustafa has worked in a diverse range of complex roles, serving as Chief Compliance Officer for a major university, Chief Compliance Officer for a university-led health system, and Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting fraud and abuse claims in the higher education sector, as well as in private practice at top AmLaw firms and in various capacities in-house. [Full Bio]

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 Certificate of Attendance
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