NCUA, Federal Banking Agencies, FinCEN Issue FAQs on SAR and Other AML Requirements

January 2021
NCUA, Federal Banking Agencies, FinCEN Issue FAQs on SAR and Other AML Requirements

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Jan. 21, 2021) – The National Credit Union Administration, along with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and in consultation with staff from other federal agencies, have issued responses to frequently asked questions on suspicious activity reporting and other anti-money laundering (AML) requirements.

These FAQs clarify the regulatory requirements related to suspicious activity reporting to assist financial institutions with their compliance obligations, while enabling financial institutions to focus resources on activities that produce the greatest value to law enforcement agencies and other government users of Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) reporting. The FAQs address questions about maintaining accounts at the request of law enforcement, SAR filing and the receipt of grand jury subpoenas or other law enforcement inquiries, maintaining customer relationships following the filing of a SAR, SAR filing and monitoring on negative media alerts, data fields, the SAR narrative, and SAR character limits. These FAQs do not alter existing BSA/AML legal or regulatory requirements and they do not establish new supervisory expectations.

These FAQs were developed in response to recent Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group recommendations, as described in more detail in FinCEN’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Anti-Money Laundering Program Effectiveness, published in September 2020.

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