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Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; 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 28, 2021.

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:

Section 1654 of 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 agencies, and other interested persons and financial institutions subject to the regulatory requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act, found at 31 CFR 1010-1060. The BSAAG is the means by which the Treasury receives advice on the reporting requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act, and informs private sector representatives on how the information they provide is used. 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 federal and non-federal regulators and law enforcement agencies that are located within the United States. Each member selected will serve a three-year term and must designate one individual to represent that member at plenary meetings. While BSAAG membership is granted to organizations, not to individuals, the designated representative for each selected organization should be knowledgeable about Bank Secrecy Act requirements and be willing and able to devote the necessary time and effort on behalf of the representative's organization. Members are expected to actively share anecdotal perspectives, and quantifiable insights on BSA requirements, and Start Printed Page 85857industry trends in BSAAG discussions. The organization's representative must be able to attend biannual plenary meetings, generally held in Washington, DC over one or two days in May and October. Additional BSAAG meetings may be held by phone, videoconference, or in person. Members will not be paid for their time, services, or travel.

Nominations for individuals who are not representing an organization will not be considered, but organizations may nominate themselves. Please provide complete answers to the following items, as nominations will be evaluated based on the information provided in response to this notice and request for nominations. There is no required format; 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.
  • Reasons why the organization's participation on the BSAAG will bring value to the group.
  • Trade groups must submit a full list of their members along with their nomination. Trade groups must also confirm that, if selected, they will only share BSAAG information with their members that are located within the United States.

In making the selections, FinCEN will seek to complement current BSAAG members and obtain comprehensive representation 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 will not limit consideration to institutions nominated by the public when making selections.

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Kenneth A. Blanco,

Director, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

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[FR Doc. 2020-28674 Filed 12-28-20; 8:45 am]

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