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FATF report on financing of terrorist recruitment

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has issued a report that identifies the most common methods of recruitment used by terrorist organizations and terrorist cells, and the costs associated with these different methods and techniques of terrorist recruitment. Using input collected from authorities within the FATF Global Network, the report increases understanding of terrorist organizations' funding needs to recruit members and supporters. In some cases, these funding needs are minimal.


FSOC annual report

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) has announced the publication of its 2017 annual report. The report describes significant financial market and regulatory developments, potential emerging threats to U.S. financial stability, recommendations to promote financial stability, and the activities of the FSOC. The report was developed collaboratively by the members of the FSOC and their agencies and respective staff and was approved unanimously by voting members of the FSOC. The report notes that the U.S. financial regulatory system should promote economic growth by preventing financial crises and also minimizing regulations that increase costs without commensurate benefits.

Additional recommendations in the annual report include:

  • The FSOC supports the creation of a private sector council of senior executives to collaborate with regulators and focus on the ways that cyber incidents could impact businesses.
  • Financial regulators should ensure that financial institutions have sufficient capital and liquidity to reduce their vulnerability to economic and financial shocks. Additionally, regulators should continue to monitor and assess the impact of rules on financial institutions and markets.
  • Regulators should continue to evaluate whether existing rules and standards for central counterparties and their clearing members are sufficiently robust to mitigate potential threats to financial stability.
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission should monitor and assess the effectiveness of money market mutual fund reforms that were implemented last year.
  • Regulators and market participants should complete work on alternative reference rates, and take appropriate steps to mitigate disruptions associated with the transition to a new reference rate.
  • Regulators and market participants should continue work to improve the coverage, quality, and accessibility of financial data, as well as data sharing between and among relevant agencies.


Treasury adds Iran and Proliferation designations

The Department of the Treasury has announced that its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated on Friday fourteen individuals and entities in connection with serious human rights abuses and censorship in Iran, and support to designated Iranian weapons proliferators. The actions were taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13553, which targets serious human rights abuses by the Government of Iran; E.O. 13606, which targets grave human rights abuses by the Governments of Iran and Syria via information technology; E.O. 13628, which targets, among other things, censorship or other activities that prohibit, limit, or penalize the exercise of freedom of expression or assembly by citizens of Iran, or that limit access to print or broadcast media; and E.O. 13382, which targets proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters.

For identification of the individuals and entities designated, see our OFAC Update.


Unauthorized banking alert

The OCC has issued an Alert regarding an entity calling itself Bluegate Industrial Bank USA, N.A., which purports to be an online financial institution offering regular banking products as well as loan services. Bluegate Industrial Bank USA, N.A., is not a licensed or chartered bank. for more information, see our Alert Page.


OCC counterfeit cashier's check alert

The OCC has issued an alert about counterfeit cashier's checks purporting to be drawn on BNC National Bank, Glendale, Arizona, that have been reported by that bank. Details from the alert are posted in our Alerts and Counterfeits pages.


Four Venezuelan officials sanctioned

On Friday, January 5, acting under Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four current or former Venezuelan government officials associated with corruption and repression in Venezuela. As a result of Friday’s actions, all assets of the designated current or former officials of the Government of Venezuela that are subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them. For the four individuals' identification information, see our OFAC Update.


FDIC proposes Section 19 policy update

The FDIC has published a Notice in today's Federal Register that it proposes to update its Statement of Policy (SOP) issued pursuant to Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. Section 19 prohibits, without the prior written consent of the FDIC, any person from participating in banking who has been convicted of a crime of dishonesty or breach of trust or money laundering, or who has entered a pretrial diversion or similar program in connection with the prosecution for such an offense. The FDIC is proposing to expand its current de minimis exception to encompass insufficient funds checks of aggregate moderate value; small dollar, simple theft; and isolated, minor offenses committed by young adults. These carefully measured changes are intended to reduce regulatory burden by decreasing the number of covered offenses that will require an application, while ensuring that insured institutions are not subject to risk by convicted persons. Comments on the proposal are due by March 9, 2018.


Fed Proposes large bank risk management guidance

The Federal Reserve Board has requested comment on proposed guidance that would clarify the Board's supervisory expectations related to risk management for large financial institutions. The guidance is part of a broader initiative to develop a new rating system for large financial institutions that will align with the post-crisis supervisory program. In August 2017, the Board invited comment on the proposed rating system, which would reflect assessments of a firm's capital, liquidity, and governance and controls and also issued a proposal identifying attributes of effective boards of directors. The supervisory expectations described in the proposed guidance, as well as those for boards of directors, would help inform the Federal Reserve's overall supervisory evaluation of a firm's governance and controls. Comments must be received by March 15, 2018. [Published at 83 FR 1351 on 1/11/2018.]


OFAC designations, removals and updates

OFAC has posted new non-proliferation, Iran, and counter-terrorism designations; two designation removals and a designation update. Identification information is included in our BOL OFAC Update.


Citibank pays $70M BSA/AML CMP

The OCC has assessed a $70 million civil money penalty against Citibank, N.A., for failing to comply with the agency’s 2012 consent order related to Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti-money laundering (AML) deficiencies. See our Penalty Page for more information.


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