The AML Community List - 2021: What will be Out and In for the Upcoming Year?

By John Byrne | January 7, 2021
I have always enjoyed The Washington Post’s (and I am sure various other publications) list for the next year. The uniqueness is, of course, they eliminate a popular or hot issue with a new one for the next calendar year. To say 2020 was different would be a vast understatement. What was clearly the most chaotic and challenging time for the entire world will, in most cases, sadly stay with us for a long time to come. The following are my (and mine alone) predictions for 2021, which is extremely foolish given what we just went through (and are still dealing with), but limited to AML related issues and themes. As David Letterman would have said, this is only an exhibition, not a competition -- so please, no wagering…

2020—AML Year End Review and What will 2021 Bring?

By John Byrne | January 1, 2021
Ball of Confusion[i] Having been in what we call the AML community for close to 35 years, it was always clear to me that a “year-in-review” is both arbitrary and doesn’t really give you a cohesive sense of themes. However, everyone does it so here goes:

Assisting NPO’s and Their Need for Financial Access

By John Byrne | November 23, 2020
Finally, “Work to Do”[i] Having spent a good deal of my career dealing with legislation, regulations, guidance and assorted policy statements, it never ceases to amaze me how long some things take from start to finish. Of course, I have seen money laundering related legislation virtually every two years from 1986-96 and the three weeks it took to pass the USA PATRIOT Act in 2001, but other issues are not done so swiftly.

The FinCEN Request on How to Improve AML

By John Byrne | October 15, 2020
Reason to Believe?[I]

How to Interpret the New Joint Statement on Enforcement of BSA/AML Requirements

By John Byrne | August 24, 2020
You Better Think Twice[i]

IRS Newswire—sometimes the best anti-fraud resources are free

By John Byrne | July 29, 2020
I know there’s an answer[I]

Examinations During the Pandemic

By John Byrne | July 6, 2020
No Deja Vu[1] Examiners will consider the unique, evolving, and potentially long-term nature of the issues confronting institutions and exercise appropriate flexibility in their supervisory response. Stresses caused by COVID-19 can adversely impact an institution’s financial condition and operational capabilities, even when institution management has appropriate governance and risk management systems in place to identify, monitor, and control risk.[2] We are all guilty of saying something along the lines of “wow, this has never happened before” and occasionally we are right. Next year will be twenty years since 9/11, a direct attack on the US; now we have this pandemic which is the first event of such magnitude since 1918. So, for 90% of us, this has never happened before. As such, all responses are new and there are no parallels.

Can’t You Hear Me Knocking?

By John Byrne | June 24, 2020
I have a comment…[1]

COVID-19 Also Impacts Financial Access

By John Byrne | May 6, 2020
“Time won’t let me”[I] The need to move quickly.. As the AML community grapples with increased fraud and financial crime during this global pandemic, previous regulatory challenges can become even more pronounced. Continuing problems that seem to be exacerbated at this time include de-risking or other limits to financial access, hurdles such as delays in funds transfers to humanitarian groups, and the chronically underbanked.

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