USA Patriot Act Compliance Report
Global sanctions such as the USA Patriot Act were enacted by Congress and President Bush following the devastating attack on 9/11/2001. Its goal was to strengthen and support Homeland Security to combat terrorism within the United States.
The USA Patriot Act Compliance Report is a database compiled from lists provided by the United States and various international governmental agencies. This list contains individuals who may be involved in terrorist activities, money laundering, illegal imports, fraud against government agencies, violations of federal banking regulations, and fugitives from justice. Information in the USA Patriot Act Compliance Report may include the date of birth, place of birth, citizenship, employment, or group membership or affiliation.
Financial Services Compliant Background Screening
One aspect of the USA Patriot Act requires financial institutions to match their existing and potential customers against the Office of Foreign Control's (OFAC) list of suspected terrorists. Homeland Security now requires under the Customer Identification Program, that virtually all US. Financial institutions, including banks, mutual funds, credit unions, and securities dealers, be identified. This also includes anyone involved in cash transactions over $10,000.00. The key to compliance with this law is to "know your customer."
Global Sanctions and Enforcement Check
The Global Sanctions and Enforcement Check gathers data from a variety of international agencies. It compiles a list of high-risk individuals and organizations from around the world. Included with the Global Sanction and Enforcement Check are the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted, Interpol's Most Wanted, and OFAC's Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and more. It also weeds out the worst of the worst from potential applicant pools, which are not the usual run-of-the-mill criminals found in these searches.
More about the Patriot Act
Section 326 of the USA Patriot Act, in summary, calls for the following:
- Verifying the identity of any person seeking to open an account, to the extent that is reasonable and practicable.
- Maintaining records of the information used to verify the person’s identity which include name, address, and other identifying information.
- Determining whether the person appears on any lists of known or suspected terrorists and organizations that were provided to the financial institution by any government agency.
What does this mean for financial institutions?
- All Financial Institutions must have a Policy (Customer Identification Program) detailing its Identity Verification Program.
- All new accounts need to be screened against the OFAC and other published lists of suspected terrorists and terrorist organizations.
- Any documents used to identify the new account holder, such as driver's license, passport, social security card, etc., need to be verified against a third party database to determine that the identity is valid to the extent of reasonable and practicable.
- A database of all accounts needs to be maintained that includes the account name, date of account opening, identifying information presented, and the items used to verify the identity. This information needs to be time and date stamped and maintained for 5 years following the closure of the account.
Our USA Patriot Act / Homeland Security conforming search will quickly search all the following databases:
- Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC)
- Blocked Persons List
- ATF Most Wanted
- Specially Designated Nationals (SDN)
- Department of State Trade Control (DTC) Debarred Parties
- US. Bureau of Industry & Security (formerly BXA)
- Unverified Entities List
- Denied Entities List
- Denied Persons List
- Foreign National Alert List
- European Union (EU) Credit Sector Federation Consolidated List
- Excluded Parties List
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Fraud List
- Health & Human Resources Exclusion List
- National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Alert
- FBI Most Wanted Terrorists & Seeking Information
- FBI Top Ten Most Wanted
- FBI Domestic Terrorist Threats
- FBI Criminal Enterprise
- FBI Cyber Crimes
- FBI Crimes Against Children
- FBI White Collar Crime
- FBI Violent Offenders
- INTERPOL Most Wanted List
- Bank of England Sanctions List
- OSFI - Canadian Sanctions List
- United Nations Consolidated Sanctions List
- Politically Exposed Persons List
- European Union Terrorism List
- World Bank Ineligible Firms
- Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) Enforcement Actions List
- US Secret Service Most Wanted
- Terrorism Knowledge Database
- US Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) Most Wanted
- Criminals & Fugitives
- US Marshal Service Most Wanted Criminals & Fugitives
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