The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a final rule on October 26, 2010, reorganizing and transferring the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) regulations to a new chapter in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). These modifications are effective March 1, 2011.
The rule transfers the BSA regulations from 31 CFR Part 103 to a new chapter entitled "Title 31 Chapter X – Financial Crimes Enforcement Network."
The new structure organizes BSA regulations by industry, and identifies regulations that are applicable to all regulated industries and individuals subject to the BSA in order to make the regulatory obligations uniform.
Federal and State banking agencies will refer to 31 CFR Chapter X of the BSA relative to examination findings beginning on or after March 1, 2011.
Section 326.8 and Part 334 (Subparts I and J) of the FDIC's Rules and Regulations have been revised to reflect the new citations. These revisions were approved by the FDIC Board of Directors on March 15, 2011.
FinCEN has developed online tools to assist in the transition to Chapter X that can be found at http://www.fincen.gov/statutes_regs/ChapterX/.
Banks should continue to use existing BSA-related forms that may reference 31 CFR 103 until FinCEN issues revised forms.
FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Chief Executive Officer
BSA Compliance Officer
Information Technology Officer
Compliance Officer (FCRA)
Bank Secrecy Act
Fair Credit Reporting Act
Reorganization of FinCEN's Bank Secrecy Act Regulations
Anti-Money Laundering Specialist Sean Smith at
SASFIL@FDIC.gov or (202) 898-3673
FDIC Financial Institution Letters (FILs) may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2011/index.html.
To receive FILs electronically, please visit http://www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/fil.html.
Paper copies of FDIC FILs may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center,
3501 Fairfax Drive, Room E 1002, Arlington, VA 22226 (1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200).