Comments due on FinCEN ANPRM
FinCEN has submitted an advance notice of proposed rulemaking for publication in the September 17, 2020, Federal Register seeking public comment on potential regulatory amendments to establish that all covered financial institutions subject to an anti-money laundering program
requirement must maintain an “effective and reasonably designed” anti-money laundering program.
The ANPRM says any such amendments would be expected to further clarify that such a program assesses and manages risk as informed by a financial institution’s risk assessment, including consideration of anti-money laundering priorities to be issued by FinCEN consistent with the proposed amendments; provides for compliance with Bank Secrecy Act requirements; and provides for the reporting of information with a high degree of usefulness to government authorities.
The regulatory amendments under consideration are intended to modernize the regulatory regime to address the evolving threats of illicit finance, and provide financial institutions with greater flexibility in the allocation of resources, resulting in the enhanced effectiveness and efficiency of anti-money laundering programs.
Comments on the ANPRM will be accepted for 60 days following publication, through Monday, November 16, 2020.