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09/30/2020

Regulators issue two final temporary rules

The Federal Reserve, OCC, and FDIC have announced they have finalized two rules, which are either identical or substantially similar to interim final rules currently in effect and issued earlier this year.

The final rule temporarily deferring appraisal and evaluation requirements is substantially similar to the interim final rule issued in April. It will allow individuals and businesses to more quickly access real estate equity to help address needs for liquidity as a result of the coronavirus. In response to comments, the final rule clarifies which loans are subject to the deferral. The final rule is effective upon publication in the Federal Register and will expire on December 31, 2020.

The final rule pertaining to Federal Reserve liquidity facilities adopts without change three interim final rules issued in March, April, and May, 2020. Earlier this year, the Federal Reserve launched several lending facilities to support the economy in light of the coronavirus response. The final rule neutralizes the regulatory capital and liquidity coverage ratio effects of participating in the Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility and Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility because there is no credit or market risk in association with exposures pledged to these facilities. It will be effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

09/29/2020

FinCEN Aviso FIN-2020-A005

FinCEN has posted a Spanish language version of its July 30, 2020, FIN-2020-A005 Advisory on Cybercrime and Cyber-Enabled Crime Exploiting the COVID-19 Pandemic.

09/28/2020

OFAC issues General License and FAQs

09/28/2020

FDIC proposes to consolidate PCA regs

The FDIC has published a proposed rule [85 FR 60738] that would rescind and remove the "Prompt Corrective Action" regulations that were transferred to the FDIC from the Office of Thrift Supervision in 2011 as part of the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, and amend certain sections of existing FDIC regulations governing the issuance and review of orders pursuant to the prompt corrective action provisions of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to make it clear that such rules apply to all insured depository institutions for which the FDIC is the appropriate Federal banking agency.

Comments on the proposal are due by October 28, 2020.

09/25/2020

OFAC issues CAATSA designations and updates an SDN

OFAC has added two individuals and four entities to its SDN List under its CAATSA-IRAN sanctions program, and updated a listing for Nicolas Maduro Moros. For details, see BankersOnline's OFAC Update.

09/24/2020

Western Union refunds on the way

The Federal Trade Commission reported yesterday that $147 million is being mailed to 33,000 consumers in the second distribution of refunds resulting from the law enforcement actions brought against Western Union in 2017 by the FTC, the Department of Justice, and the Postal Inspection Service. Affected consumers are receiving compensation for 100 percent of their verified losses.

The FTC’s 2017 complaint against Western Union alleged that for many years, Western Union was aware that fraudsters around the world used the company’s money transfer system to bilk consumers, and that some Western Union agents were complicit in the frauds. The complaint alleged that Western Union failed to put in place effective anti-fraud policies and procedures and to act promptly against problem agents.

09/24/2020

Cuban Assets Control Regs amended

OFAC has amended [85 FR 60068] the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and published new and updated FAQs.

In a Treasury Department press release, the revisions were said to further implement the President’s foreign policy to deny the Cuban regime sources of revenue. They will restrict:

  • lodging at certain properties in Cuba
  • importing Cuban-origin alcohol and tobacco products
  • attending or organizing professional meetings or conferences in Cuba
  • participating in and organizing certain public performances, clinics, workshops, competitions, and exhibitions in Cuba

The changes are effective today.

09/24/2020

More OFAC pressure on Russian financier

On Wednesday, Treasury reported that OFAC had taken further action against the network of Kremlin-connected Russian operative Yevgeniy Prigozhin by targeting entities and individuals working on behalf of Prigozhin to advance Russia’s influence in the Central African Republic (CAR). Concurrently, OFAC is targeting those that have supported the Russian Federal Security Service directly, as well as those that assist persons helping designated Russian actors to evade U.S. sanctions.

See BankersOnline's OFAC Update for the names and identification information of the individuals and entities that OFAC has added to its SDN List.

09/23/2020

Telecom firm to pay $1.9M for facilitating credit card relief scheme

The Federal Trade Commission has announced that Globex Telecom, Inc. and an affiliated company will pay a total of $1.9 million to settle charges that they facilitated a scheme that peddled bogus credit card interest rate relief, illegally charging consumers millions of dollars. The settlement marks the end of the FTC's first consumer protection case against a Voice over Internet Protocol service provider. The FTC and Ohio alleged that Globex provided a company called Educare Centre Services with the means to make calls to U.S. consumers, including illegal robocalls, to market Educare’s phony credit card interest rate reduction services.

09/23/2020

OFAC targets more Maduro regime officials

The Treasury Department has announced that OFAC has designated five key figures that have facilitated the illegitimate Maduro regime’s efforts to undermine democracy in Venezuela. The designations were made under Executive Order 13692. For names and other identification information, see BankersOnline's OFAC Update.

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