To support the Department's announcement of over 300 new sanctions Wednesday, Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing Determinations, General Licenses and FAQs relating to trade with Russia and Belarus

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control is issuing an interim final rule to amend the Reporting, Procedures and Penalties Regulations (RPPR), to require electronic filing of certain submissions to OFAC and to describe and modify certain reporting requirements related to blocked property and rejected transactions.

Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen met with the Economic Working Group (EWG) and Financial Working Group (FWG) on April 16. Chian Daily, a party organ, cited Liu Ying, a researcher at the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies of Renmin University of China, as saying the meeting was "of great significance in delivering a positive signal that China-US economic and financial ties are steadily recovering."

OFAC has released the first video in its “OFAC Basics” video series.  The OFAC Basics: Sanctions List Search video provides viewers with a brief tutorial on how to use OFAC’s Sanctions List Search Tool and recommended steps for assessing a potential match to one of OFAC’s published sanctions lists.  

January 1st,  Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) began accepting beneficial ownership information reports. Reporting companies created or registered to do business in the United States before January 1, 2024 must file by January 1, 2025. Newly created or registered companies: Reporting companies created or registered to do business in the United States in 2024 have 90 calendar days to file after receiving actual or public notice that their company’s creation or registration is effective.

FinCEN joined twelve financial intelligence units (FIUs) in issuing a public statement November 27, recognizing the formation of a task force of like-minded FIUs who aim to strengthen efforts to disrupt international financial flows to Hamas and other terrorist organizations.

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a final rule Nov 29 that extends the deadline for certain reporting companies to file their initial beneficial ownership information (BOI) reports with FinCEN. Reporting companies created or registered in 2024 will have 90 calendar days from the date of receiving actual or public notice of their creation or registration becoming effective to file their initial reports.

Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson  shared an update on his teams efforts to revamp money laundering enforcement at Deloitte's 15th Annual Anti-Money Laundering Conference.     Mr. Nelson’s talk focused on the financing of terrorism, specifically targeting Hamas and Treasury's efforts to disrupt these networks in collaboration with international partners.

Newly installed FinCEN Director Andrea Gacki outlined her group's  agenda including a whistleblower rewards program, rules targeting real estate and investment advisors, drug trafficking and the rollout of  beneficial ownership information reporting requirements of the Corporate Transparency Act In a presentation to the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists October 3. Ms. Gacki walked attendees through her objectives since being named to head FinCEN in July.   Prevoiusly she served as chief of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) 

Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned two commercial entities related to the conflict in Sudan, as well as five entities and two individuals involved in the procurement of sensitive parts for Iran’s one-way attack unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program. Elsewhere, OFAC sanctioned several Sinaloa Cartel affiliates and fugitives affiliated with Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. Responsible for a significant portion of the illicit fentanyl and other deadly drugs trafficked into the United States, the Sinaloa Cartel is one of the world’s most damaging transnational criminal organizations. Additionally, OFAC sanctioned the leader of the Clan del Golfo, one of Colombia’s largest criminal enterprises that controls most of the country’s cocaine cultivation, production, and transportation routes.

FinCEN, a part of the Treasury Department focusing on financial crimes, recently proposed a revision to the beneficial ownership information (BOI) reporting rule. The aim of this amendment is to provide an extended deadline for certain newly registered companies to file their initial BOI reports.

FinCEN intends to require individuals to use to obtain a FinCEN identifier, consistent with the final Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting Requirements Rule. Obtaining a FinCEN identifier is voluntary, but the rule requires those seeking to obtain a FinCEN identifier to complete an application and submit it to FinCEN and to update the information provided on the application. Public are invited to comment on: (1) the FinCEN Identifier Application that FinCEN intends to require individuals to use; and (2) FinCEN’s estimate of the burden involved in completing the application.

In a press briefing ahead of the G20 summit, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen emphasized the administrations efforts to promote development through multilateral development banks (MDBs)., …

OFAC is releasing the second episode of its “Introduction to OFAC” web series, a series of short videos created to provide viewers with a high-level introduction on the fundamentals of …

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned six individuals for contributing to the most recent escalation of conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Individuals sanctioned include the FDLR’s defense commissioner and a Brigadier General in in charge of intelligence, as well as the leader of the the FDLR-affiliated Maccabe group, formerly known as the Commando de Recherche et D’Action en Profondeur(CRAP).  Additional individuals named include a Colonel in the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a Brigadier General of the Rwandan defense forces (RDF) 

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is taking further action related to the Government of Russia’s poisoning of Russian opposition politician Aleksey Navalny three years ago on August 20, 2020.  The State Department is also announcing related sanctions. Today, OFAC sanctioned four Russian nationals, all of whom were involved in the poisoning of Navalny. They were designated pursuant to the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 for having acted as agents of or on behalf of a person in a matter relating to extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights committed against individuals seeking to expose illegal activity carried out by officials of the Government of the Russian Federation.  

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today announced a $660,594 settlement with Construction Specialties Inc, a Lebanon, New Jersey manufacturer and distributor of specialty architectural products.  CS has agreed to settle its potential civil liability for three apparent violations of OFAC sanctions on Iran that arose from its United Arab Emirates subsidiary’s, Construction Specialties, Middle East L.L.C. (“CSME”), exportation of U.S. origin goods to Iran.  

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated Riad Salameh, the former governor of Lebanon's central bank, and four of his close associates for corrupt and unlawful activities. Salameh allegedly used his position to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars through shell companies for personal enrichment, investing in European real estate. The sanctions do not extend to the Banque du Liban (BdL) or its U.S. correspondent bank relationships.

The Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is issuing Belarus General Licenses authorizing the wind down of transactions with a Byelorussian Steel Works and Airline. The Action includes the addition of a Miami, FL based steel trader and the Minsk Civil Aviation Plant 407, "the leading enterprise in the CIS and the countries of the former USSR in repair, modernization and maintenance of the Yak-40, Yak-42, Yak-52, Tu-134 aircraft of all modifications," according to the company website.

OFAC has released the first episode of its “Introduction to OFAC” web series, a series of short videos created to provide viewers with a high-level introduction on the fundamentals of OFAC and sanctions implementation. The first episode introduces viewers to OFAC and its place within the U.S. government, as well as its history, mission, and relationship with the public. 

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