Archive Links

Consumer Archive
CU System Archive
Market Archive
Products Archive
Washington Archive

News Now

Washington
FinCEN proposes to make BSA e-filing mandatory
WASHINGTON (9/15/11)--The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is considering making electronic filing of all Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) reports mandatory, starting on June 30, 2012. FinCEN said the switch to all-electronic filing would “improve efficiency, reduce costs for the financial industry, and enhance the ability of investigators, analysts, and examiners to gain better and more timely access to important financial information.” Increased BSA E-Filing would also help FinCEN provide information relevant to money laundering and terrorist financing investigations to law enforcement “in the quickest manner possible,” shortening the lag time between when BSA reports are filed and when they can be accessed by authorities to two days. Criminal investigators and other officials are forced to wait two weeks to access new paper-filed BSA reports. FinCEN will accept comment on the proposal for 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. BSA E-Filing, first developed in 2002, is a free, voluntary, Web-based system that is user-ID and password protected. Financial institutions subject to BSA reporting requirements use the system to electronically file a variety of BSA forms, either individually or in batches, through a FinCEN secure network. FinCEN noted that 85% of BSA filings already are made electronically. The following forms are currently available for BSA E-Filing:
*Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs); *Designations of Exempt Persons (DEPs); and *Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs).
Currency and Monetary Instrument Reports, which are usually filed by individuals crossing the border into the U.S., would be exempted from the E-filing obligation, FinCEN said. FinCEN this month provided technical specifications to help staff prepare their institutions for future large filings of SARs and CTRs, and FinCEN has also scheduled a webinar for Sept. 29. For FinCEN’s latest proposal and more on the technical specifications, use the resource links.
Other Resources

RSS





print
News Now LiveWire
National #LouiseHerring awards for #creditunion philosophy in action selected #NewsNow http://t.co/two4z5lBAU
19 minutes ago
#NewsNow: @CUNA-CFA survey results suggest 3-3.5% increase in holiday spending. http://t.co/GjcDvvwfzy
17 hours ago
.@WOCCU promoted financial inclusion as a sustainable development goal at two separate @UN events this month.
18 hours ago
Colo. authorities OK first-ever #marijuana-focused CU #NewsNow http://t.co/77qj6O3bcu
18 hours ago
.@Vancity busts some Black Friday retail myths http://t.co/q8Wht3CcRc
19 hours ago