Bank Regulatory Agencies And FinCEN Address Approach To BSA/AML

WASHINGTON – As a result of a working group established by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, the federal bank regulatory agencies and the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have issued a joint statement on their risk-focused approach to Bank Secrecy Act (BSA)/anti-money laundering (AML) supervision.


"The risk-focused approach enables federal agencies to better tailor examination plans and procedures based on the unique risk profile of each bank," the agencies said in a joint statement.

The statement outlines common practices for assessing a bank’s money laundering/terrorist financing risk profile, assisting examiners in scoping and planning the examination and initially evaluating the adequacy of the BSA/AML compliance program. Using this approach, the agencies generally are able to allocate more resources to higher-risk areas and fewer resources to lower-risk areas when conducting BSA/AML examinations, the agencies said.

The statement does not establish new requirements, and also notes that having a risk-based compliance program enables a bank to allocate compliance resources commensurate with its risk. 

"This statement was developed by a working group aimed at improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the BSA/AML regime," the agencies said.

Members include the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and FinCEN.

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