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4 Tips for Conducting BSA Training for Directors

In this Compliance Clip (video), Adam provides four tips that can be used when conducting BSA/AML training for directors of the Board. These tips are designed to help BSA/AML professionals craft a short, sweet, and sufficient training program for the board of directors.

For those interested in more information on providing Bank Secrecy Act training to the board of directors, be sure to check out our own BSA/AML Training for Directors in our at

On May 2, 2019, OFAC released a document titled A Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments in order to provide organizations subject to U.S. jurisdiction, as well as foreign entities that conduct business in or with the United States or U.S. persons, or that use U.S.-origin goods or services, with a framework on the essential components of a sanctions compliance program.  The document also…

On May 16, 2019, FinCEn hosted their fifth annual “Law Enforcement Awards” program which recognizes law enforcement efforts that utilize BSA reporting in criminal investigations and prosecution.  The seven award categories include significant fraud, cyber threats, SAR review team, state and local law enforcement, third party money launderers, transnational organized crime, and transnational security threats.  In their release, FinCEN describes each applicable case, which provides insight into various money laundering activity occurring in the United States.

On May 9, 2019, FinCEN issued two different pieces of guidance relating to virtual currency.  The first issuance is guidance titled “Application of FinCEN’s Regulations to Certain Business Models Involving Convertible Virtual Currencies,” also known as FIN-2019-G001.  The second issuance was an Advisory (FIN-2019-A003) on Illicit Activity Involving Convertible Virtual Currency.  

On February 27, 2019, the CFPB issued a report titled “Suspicious Activity Reports on Elder Financial Exploitation: Issues and Trends.”  In their release, they explain that financial institutions have reported over 180,000 suspicious activities targeting older adults. Combined, these Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) involved more than $6 billion in elder financial exploitation.

The first of its kind, this report presents a public analysis of SARs filed for elder financial exploitation between 2013 and 2017.  The CFPB explains that the findings in the analysis provide an “opportunity to better understand the complex problem of elder financial exploitation and to identify ways to improve prevention and response.” The full report runs 35 pages long and includes several sections including…

Money Laundering 101

In this Compliance Clip (video), Adam provides an overview of money laundering and gives a big picture illustration of how it applies to financial institutions. This foundational explanation of money laundering gives a great practical example of how money laundering can occur and discusses the three steps illicit “actors” use to launder money in the US financial system. This clip would be a great training resource for anyone who is new to BSA to help them understand what money laundering is. In fact, Adam took these slides directly from our BSA Bootcamp, which is a 3 1/2 hour video webinar that provides a foundational overview of all BSA rules and regulations. For more foundational BSA training just like this, our BSA Bootcamp is available in our store here: