Sometimes a decline in bank enforcement actions isn't a good thing, even for bankers. Such is the takeaway of a review of enforcement action data spanning back five years, during which the number of formal Bank Secrecy Act penalties fell nearly 20 percent while fines and regulatory demands grew.
Efforts to ramp up the U.S. financial intelligence unit's enforcement of the Bank Secrecy Act have run into a longstanding hurdle: the bureau's reliance on financial regulators for case leads.
A decision by the U.S. Treasury to reshape the nation's financial intelligence unit has spurred serious concerns about the direction of the agency.
At the same time that the nation's financial intelligence unit is readying unprecedented fines against compliance officers, the agency is facing stark questions about its enforcement efforts, including its hiring practices.
In a year when the number of enforcement actions issued by federal financial regulators fell by nearly half, Bank Secrecy Act-related penalties earned an unusual distinction. They declined by less than 14 percent.
The U.S. Treasury Department's financial intelligence unit is considering invoking for the first time a Bank Secrecy Act power to obtain data on foreign banks, say multiple sources.
The nation's primary financial intelligence unit has been structurally reorganized to better integrate how the bureau analyzes and shares data on money laundering and other crimes, its director said Monday.
Upgrades to the U.S. Treasury Department's Bank Secrecy Act database will allow the nation's financial intelligence unit to better identify criminal activity indicated in regulatory reports, a governmental auditor said.
The U.S. Treasury Department is considering revising forms used to declare overseas assets and the transport of cash in and out of the country, an official disclosed Wednesday.
Four months into the tenure of its new director, the nation's financial intelligence unit is positioning itself to more aggressively enforce anti-money laundering regulations and closely work with law enforcement officials.
As many as a half dozen banks have severed relationships with foreign money services businesses for failing to register with the U.S. Treasury Department under rules that took effect earlier this year, say compliance professionals.
The director of the U.S. financial intelligence unit and prominent Bank Secrecy Act officers have formed a group to discuss whether efforts to combat money laundering at times miss their mark.
A former director of the nation's financial intelligence unit will join the Washington, D.C. office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP as of counsel, the law firm said Monday.
A slew of recent enforcement actions issued by federal regulators contain stern warnings for senior bank managers that they are responsible for their institution's compliance with U.S. anti-money laundering rules, say analysts.
Financial institutions may need to update anti-money laundering controls, due diligence and screening associated with their third-party payment processor customers, particularly those based internationally, according to U.S. Treasury guidance issued Monday.
A $120 million upgrade to the U.S. Treasury Department's database of Bank Secrecy Act reports is roughly 50 percent complete, after the bureau overseeing the project finished work on its new search engine.
The U.S. Justice Department's top anti-money laundering enforcer will lead the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network beginning next month, the bureau said Monday.
Critics of a U.S. Treasury Department plan to strengthen beneficial ownership reporting by financial institutions aired their concerns to Obama administration officials at a rare public hearing Tuesday.
The number of fines levied by the U.S. nongovernmental regulator of securities and brokerage firms more than doubled in the first five months of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.
A report by the United Kingdom's chief financial regulator on the anti-bribery compliance efforts of investment banks likely signals coming enforcement actions, and greater scrutiny of depository institutions, say former officials.