Bank Secrecy Act / Office of Foreign Assets Control

This guidance covers supervisory matters involving the anti-money laundering (AML) programs of banking organizations supervised by the Federal Reserve, including their compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), suspicious activities and current transaction reporting, and the USA PATRIOT Act. It also addresses the Reserve Banks' AML examination practices, policies, and procedures.

Policy Letters

Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) / Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

Interagency Guidance to Issuing Banks on Applying Customer Identification Program Requirements to Holders of Prepaid Access Cards

Spanish Translation of the 2014 Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Examination Manual

Guidance to Encourage Financial Institutions' Youth Savings Programs and Address Related Frequently Asked Questions

Release of the 2014 Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council's Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Examination Manual

Guidance on Accepting Accounts from Foreign Embassies, Consulates and Missions (foreign missions)

Interagency Guidance on Obtaining and Retaining Beneficial Ownership Information

Interagency Guidance on Transparency and Compliance in Cross-Border Funds Transfers

Interagency BSA/AML Enforcement Policy Statement

Frequently Asked Questions Relating to Customer Identification Program Rules

Interagency Interpretive Guidance on the Provision of Banking Services to Money Services Businesses Operating in the United States

Account Relationships with Money Services Businesses

Banking Accounts for Foreign Governments, Embassies, and Political Figures

Implementation of Section 327 of the USA Patriot Act in the Applications Process

Guidance on Enhanced Scrutiny for Transactions That May Involve the Proceeds of Foreign Official Corruption

Guidance on Evaluating Activities Under the Responsibility of U.S. Branches, Agencies and Nonbank Subsidiaries of Foreign Banking Organizations (FBOs)

Imposition of Special Measures (Section 311 of USA PATRIOT Act)

Imposition of Special Measures by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)

Suspicious Activity Reports and Currency Transaction Reports

Guidance on Managing Outsourcing Risk

Suspicious Activity Report Filing Requirements for Banking Organizations Supervised by the Federal Reserve

Interagency Guidance on Sharing Suspicious Activity Reports with Head Offices and Controlling Companies

Interagency Advisory Concerning the Legal Protections Associated with the Filing of Suspicious Activity Reports

Suspicious Activity Reports and Enforcement Actions against Individuals

Additional Resources

Manual References

FFIEC Bank Secrecy Act Anti-Money Laundering Examination Manual

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Last Update: April 21, 2017