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.

The April 2020 Updates to the FFIEC BSA/AML Manual

By John Byrne | April 21, 2020
“Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings” [i] As the AML community clearly knows, the Federal Financial Examination Council (FFIEC) has been working for quite some time on the updates to the last iteration from 2014. Now we have the first in what promises to be a series of updates, released on tax day. The changes in wording and other modifications are encouraging, but only time will tell regarding their impact in practice.

A review of: The Economics of Violence: How Behavioral Science Can Transform our View of Crime, Insurgency and Terrorism

By John Byrne | April 6, 2020
A View to a Kill?[i] I have said many times that AML professionals in today’s world need to evolve and change with the various ways criminals adjust their actions to fit technology, laws and policies. Part of that strategy is to read and listen to those that come up with different approaches to age-old challenges. It doesn’t mean, of course, that outside voices are right, but being open to different types of analysis is always useful in improving our ability to have a strong and vibrant AML community.

Getting by on fewer BSA Resources?

By John Byrne | March 30, 2020
What a Fool Believes[I] Until recently, the AML community has seen only two major cases of personal liability. Frankly, many conferences and webinars have downplayed the impact of those rulings on how institutions should either allocate AML/CTF resources or give governance prominence to the BSA function.

Will 2020 bring true AML Reform?

By John Byrne | January 7, 2020
“For what it’s worth,[1]” corruption is the key.

The Song Remains the Same*

By John Byrne | November 6, 2019
AML Professionals simply want the BSA to work.. Whether in open hearings before Congress, at conferences, or in closed-door sessions such as our recent AML RightSource Symposium, when AML community leaders discuss their challenges, the themes are constant-the bifurcated nature of the Bank Secrecy Act prevents success. Success, as has been defined many times, is to get information into the hands of law enforcement. Over the course of the day, the group of AML leaders covered a broad range of issues including internal audit, examiners, third party vendors and technology and all seemed to arrive at the same place—much of the infrastructure surrounding AML sometimes contributes to inefficiency and misplaced allocation of resources. Some examples follow:  

The Heat is On*

By John Byrne | October 2, 2019

Time?*

By John Byrne | August 28, 2019
4th Quarter of 2019—What will it take for useful action? As we approach the Labor Day weekend and the unofficial end to summer, the 2019 calendar turns to last opportunities for any successes that can be tied to this year. For the AML community, the standard calendar year doesn’t impact our work but it can dictate things such as legislation, regulation or sometimes policy. AML reform, for example, can still occur in 2020 since we are currently in the beginning of a two-year congressional session. Also, if there is a change in Administrations after the presidential election, some agency chairs will change, but not until early 2021, which could also include a shift in agency leadership and potential thematic or priority shifts.

Can you take “statements” to the bank? Risk-Focused BSA? “Showdown.”*

By John Byrne | August 2, 2019
“Banks that operate in compliance with applicable law, properly manage customer relationships and effectively mitigate risks by implementing controls commensurate with those risks are neither prohibited nor discouraged from providing banking services.” (From the July 22nd Statement)

Podcasts

In this episode of AML Conversations, John sits down with Sara Crowe, Strategic Initiatives Director, Financial Systems for the Polaris Project. Sara...

In this episode of AML Conversations, John sits down with David Briggs,  CEO and Co-Founder of GeoGuard and GeoComply. Beyond IP, the role of...

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In the second episode of our AML Conversations series with members of IRSCI, John Byrne sits down with Greg Monahan, IRS Supervisory Special Agent of...

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In this episode of AML Conversations, John Byrne sits down with Steve Gurdak, Group Supervisory of the Northern Virginia Financial Initiative, to...

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Press

To support company growth, AML RightSource recently designed and opened an office in Highland Hills, OH. The newly renovated 43,602 square foot space...

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AML RightSource, a leading firm solely focused on Anti-Money Laundering (AML)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and financial crimes compliance solutions, today...

Our Advisory Board member Rick Small, and AML RightSource Vice Chairman John Byrne have led a multi-year effort resulting in the “Consortium for...

AML RightSource is pleased to announce the formation of its Inaugural Advisory Board to convene semi-annually starting in the first quarter of 2019.

Company’s Expansion into New York State Will Create 100 jobs in Western New York

AML RightSource is pleased to announce Timothy White, CAMS has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development and Sanctions.

AML/BSA Compliance Veteran to Expand Company’s Financial Crimes and Compliance Operations

AML RightSource, national leader in anti-money laundering services and premier provider to the financial services sector, celebrates a period of...