On December 1, 2021, the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) released one new section and updates to three sections of the Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) Examination Manual. Today’s updates affect the following sections:
- Introduction – Customers (new)
- Charities and Nonprofit Organizations
- Independent Automated Teller Machine Owners or Operators
- Politically Exposed Persons
The updates should not be interpreted as new requirements or as a new or increased focus on certain areas. Rather, these sections provide information and considerations related to certain customers that may indicate the need for bank policies, procedures, and processes to address potential money laundering, terrorist financing, and other illicit financial activity risks. These sections provide further transparency into the BSA/AML examination process.