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The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council issued today the Bank Secrecy Act /Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) Examination Manual (Manual).1 The Manual is the result of a collaborative effort of the federal banking agencies2 and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), to ensure consistency in BSA/AML examinations. The Manual includes the examination procedures that examiners will begin using during the third quarter of 2005 when conducting BSA/AML examinations of banking organizations.3
The Manual reinforces the agencies' position that sound BSA/AML risk management enables a banking organization to identify BSA/AML risks and better direct its resources, with the ultimate goal of safeguarding its operations from money laundering or terrorist financing. The Manual does not set new standards; instead, it is a compilation of existing regulatory requirements, supervisory expectations, and sound practices in the BSA/AML area. In fact, while the document is approximately 300 pages in length, more than two-thirds of it is dedicated to providing narrative guidance and resource materials. Compliance and business line personnel should review this Manual carefully to ensure that your banking organization is properly addressing BSA/AML compliance and risk management issues.
The guidance and procedures contained within the Manual will assist examiners, as well as banking organizations, in understanding relevant laws and regulations. To this end, the Manual provides the following:
The federal banking agencies and FinCEN have planned a series of nationwide conference calls and regional outreach meetings to assist banking organizations in further understanding the Manual. More information, including logistics and registration, is being distributed separately. 4
The Manual will be reviewed and updated as necessary as new regulations and guidance are issued, technology advances, and money laundering and terrorist financing risks evolve. For more information, please contact the local office of your federal banking agency.
1 The Manual can be found at:
2 The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Office of Thrift Supervision. In addition, through the Conference of State Bank Supervisors, the state banking agencies played a consultative role.
4 The national conference calls and regional outreach events will be conducted by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Office of Thrift Supervision, and FinCEN.
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