The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network released new guidance on the Patriot Act Section 314(b) information sharing program, FinCEN Director Kenneth Blanco said today at the ABA/ABA Financial Crimes Enforcement Conference.
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By a bipartisan vote of 335 to 78 tonight, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, a bill that includes several critical improvements to anti-money laundering rules. Among other things, the bill directs the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to establish and maintain a national registry of beneficial ownership information that banks may in turn rely on when complying with customer due diligence requirements.
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In a comment letter to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network today, ABA urged FinCEN to conduct a “thorough and reflective analysis of the regulations that apply to both foreign correspondent accounts and private banking accounts,” noting that such a review is “needed and overdue.”
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n a letter to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network today, the American Bankers Association emphasized that “focusing on effectiveness and efficiency in AML compliance programs will go a long way toward eliminating inefficient and unnecessary practices and focus resources on fulfilling the BSA’s stated purpose of providing information with a high degree of usefulness to government authorities.”
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