FinCEN Issues Final Rule Requiring Minimum Standards for Anti-Money Laundering Program

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To ensure consistent Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) coverage across the banking industry, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a final rule that requires minimum standards for anti-money laundering programs for financial institutions lacking a Federal functional regulator.  The final rule also extends customer identification program and beneficial ownership requirements to those banks.

Financial institutions without a federal functional regulator are currently required to comply with certain BSA obligations, including filing suspicious activity and currency transaction reports.  FinCEN anticipates that banks lacking a federal functional regulator will be able to leverage existing policies, procedures, and internal controls required by other statutory and regulatory requirements to fulfill the obligations set out in the final rule. 

Financial institutions lacking a Federal functional regulator will have 180 days from the day the final rule is published in the Federal Register to be in compliance.

Click here for the final rule. 

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