As 2015 comes to a close, we are pleased to share our most popular articles from the Risk Management Blog in 2015.
1. 4 Red Flags of Money Laundering or Terrorist Financing
One of the most important aspects of BSA/AML compliance is the responsibility it places on regulated financial entities to report suspicious transactions. This responsibility requires an organization to be able to monitor and identify transactions, evaluate them in real time, and flag the ones that are suspicious. In many cases, a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) should be filed with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).
2. 5 Key Components of a BSA/AML Compliance Program
You are most likely familiar with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) which is a bureau of the Treasury Department. FinCEN’s mission is “to safeguard the financial system from illicit use and combat money laundering and promote national security” through the use of financial services information.
3. The Important Role of Internal Controls for AML Compliance
It is well understood that money launderers use deceit or theft to capture the processes of financial entities for illicit purposes. As a result, your AML compliance program must implement internal control designs that increase the chances of preventing or detecting such activities.
Like every other important function in a financial entity, a BSA/AML compliance program cannot be expected to operate on autopilot. Managers and employees have to be aware of their responsibilities in the compliance program, and contribute actively as needed. Appropriate training is necessary to transform a compliance program design into an effective on-going operation.
The content and depth of training protocols will vary depending on the size, type, complexity, and risk profile of the organization. However, the Bank Secrecy Act and related laws require that covered organizations have the ability to implement business-specific anti-money laundering programs to help enforce the laws. Broadly speaking, the training program that will enable the organization to do this has five elements.
1. The Board of Directors and Senior Management have to maintain oversight.
As part of a “culture of compliance,” top managers have to be fully informed about the policy issues involved in BSA regulations and authorize the resources needed to comply. They should periodically monitor and evaluate the compliance program based on a risk adjusted evaluation (audit) as well as reports on internal controls. Ultimately, the organizational risk due to money laundering needs to be fully understood at this level, both with respect to the consequences of the crime as well as of non-compliance. … Continue reading