On October 26, 2021, FinCEN issued an advisory referencing the October 2021 Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Call to Action publication. The publication updated its list of jurisdictions with anti-money laundering and combatting the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) deficiencies, and financial institutions should consider these changes when reviewing their overall BSA/AML programs and risk-based policies, procedures, and practices.
The FATF is charged with monitoring jurisdictions for compliance to their global AML/CTF standards and reporting countries with strategic deficiencies. According to the recent FATF publication, several high-risk jurisdictions continue to have significant strategic deficiencies in their regimes to counter money laundering, terrorist financing, and proliferation financing. With the release of the FinCEN Priorities, it is more important than ever that financial institutions be aware of these deficient jurisdictions and adjust their monitoring programs accordingly.