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Compliance: Agencies issue joint statement on BSA/AML enforcement

August 17, 2020

NCUA and other federal banking agencies have issued a joint statement updating their existing enforcement guidance to enhance transparency regarding how they evaluate enforcement actions that are required by statute when financial institutions fail to meet Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) obligations.

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network simultaneously issued a “Statement on Enforcement of the Bank Secrecy Act” that sets forth its approach to enforcement in circumstances of non-compliance with the BSA.

The statement:

  • clarifies that isolated or technical violations or deficiencies are generally not considered the kinds of problems that would result in an enforcement action.
  • Addresses how the agencies evaluate violations of individual components (known as pillars) of the BSA/AML compliance program.
  • Describes how the agencies incorporate the customer due diligence regulations and recordkeeping requirements issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as part of the internal controls pillar of the financial institution’s BSA/AML compliance program.

The statement, issued by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, updates and supersedes the Interagency Statement on Enforcement of BSA/AML Requirements issued on July 19, 2007.