This excerpt taken from the DVN DEF 14A filed Apr 28, 2008.
Role of the Independent Compensation Consultant
In 2007, the Committee retained the services of an independent compensation consulting firm, Hewitt Associates (the Compensation Consultant), to evaluate the competitiveness of our programs and assist with executive compensation program design. The Committee did not direct Hewitt to perform the above services in any particular manner or under any particular method. All of the decisions with respect to the Companys executive compensation were made by the Committee alone. The Committee has the final authority to hire and terminate the Compensation Consultant, and the Committee evaluates the Compensation Consultant annually. The Companys Board has adopted a policy that prohibits the Compensation Consultant from providing any service to the Company, or its management, other than the services provided to the Committee.