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Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group; Solicitation of Application for Membership

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AGENCY:

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”), Treasury.

ACTION:

Notice and request for nominations.

SUMMARY:

FinCEN is inviting the public to nominate financial institutions, trade groups, and non-federal regulators or law enforcement agencies for membership on the Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group. New members will be selected for three-year membership terms.

DATES:

Nominations must be received by January 21, 2020.

ADDRESSES:

Nominations must be emailed to BSAAG@fincen.gov.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

FinCEN Resource Center at 800-767-2825.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Annunzio-Wylie Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1992 required the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group (BSAAG) consisting of representatives from federal regulatory and law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, and trade groups with members subject to the requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act, 31 CFR 1000-1099 et seq. or Section 6050I of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. The BSAAG is the means by which the Treasury receives advice on the operations of the Bank Secrecy Act. As chair of the BSAAG, the Director of FinCEN is responsible for ensuring that relevant issues are placed before the BSAAG for review, analysis, and discussion.

BSAAG membership is open to financial institutions, trade groups, and non-federal regulators and law enforcement agencies. Membership is granted to organizations, not to individuals. Organizational members will be selected to serve a three-year term and must designate one individual to represent that member at plenary meetings. The designated representative should be knowledgeable about Bank Secrecy Act requirements and the representative's organization must be able and willing to devote the personnel time and effort. Examples of expected effort include actively sharing not just anecdotal perspectives, but also quantifiable insights on BSA requirements and industry trends in BSAAG discussions. The organization's representative must be able to attend biannual plenary meetings, generally conducted over one or two days, held in Washington, DC, in May and October. Additional BSAAG meetings are held by phone or in person.

It is important to provide complete answers to the following items, as nominations will be evaluated on the information provided through this application process. There is no formal application; interested organizations may submit their nominations via email or email attachment. Nominations should consist of:

  • Name of the organization requesting membership
  • Point of contact, title, address, email address and phone number
  • Description of the financial institution or trade group and its involvement with the Bank Secrecy Act, 31 CFR 1000-1099 et seq.
  • Reasons why the organization's participation on the BSAAG will bring value to the group

Organizations may nominate themselves, but nominations for individuals who are not representing an organization will not be considered. Members will not be remunerated for their time, services, or travel. In making the selections, FinCEN will seek to complement current BSAAG members in terms of affiliation, industry, and geographic representation. The Director of FinCEN retains full discretion on all membership decisions. The Director may consider prior years' applications when making selections and does not limit consideration to institutions nominated by the public when making selections.

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Jamal El-Hindi,

Deputy Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

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[FR Doc. 2019-27358 Filed 12-18-19; 8:45 am]

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