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61 locations during late 1985 and reached nearly 6,000 people.
In addition, we have provided speakers to participate in meetings before banking and law enforcement community groups to
discuss BSA and other enforcement issues.
Moreover, our BSA
specialists and attorneys across the country and here in Washington respond to inquiries on a daily basis.
Fourth, we have participated in various interagency task forces
and working groups and have continued to assist the law enforcement community whenever possible in their enforcement efforts. We were, for instance, instrumental in establishing a
working group consisting of senior officials from our office,
the Justice Department's Criminal Division, the FBI, and each
of the major financial institutions regulatory agencies. group's purpose was to improve the Federal Government's effectiveness in fighting crime in the nation's financial institutions.
implemented for use by each of the supervisory agencies and all financial institutions. The form has promoted consistency in
the reporting of suspected criminal offenses and has provided
Justice with a better means of tracking criminal referrals.
Agreement was reached that the regulatory agencies would each
adopt regulations or guidelines similar to OCC's Interpretive
Ruling (12 C.F.R. S 7.5225), which requires banks to report any
suspected criminal activity.
We have also proposed amendments
to improve our rule.
In addition, the group improved communications by identifying
points of contact in each agency on the national and local
level, thus establishing a network of individuals responsible
for coordinating referrals and prosecutions. Specifically at Occ, District Counsel have been required to establish and maintain contact with individual United States Attorneys' Offices, FBI offices and strike forces for the purpose of coordinating criminal enforcement matters.
Moreover, to accelerate our response to law enforcement
inquiries, we have formally delegated additional authority to
the District Offices to respond and provide information
directly. Similarly, we have worked with trade groups and
individual representatives of the banking community to
establish banking community contacts for the swift handling of
problems in this area.
OCC also has enhanced its Enforcement and Compliance
Information System (ECIS) to track criminal referrals and
disciplinary actions taken by the OCC or the other agencies
against bank officials.
As a result, we
are now able to use
the system in our background investigations of organizers of
new banks and of change in control applicants.
The working group also recommended that a joint training course
be developed to cross train FBI agents and examiners.
agencies and the Department of Justice each committed resources, and a formal training course was developed. A series of joint training sessions has since been held both at the FBI Academy at Quantico and at selected sites around the
In addition to our work with the Department of Justice working group, OCC participated actively in efforts specifically focused on improving BSA enforcement. We worked with Treasury
and other financial institutions regulators to revise the
uniform BSA examination procedures.
These revisions, which are
presently undergoing a final review at Treasury, should be
implemented in the near future.
We also vigorously supported the work of the IRS/Financial
Despite this progress, we believe that we must continue to do
To ensure that the progress of the last year is not
lost, on-going training and industry awareness efforts are critical. In light of the Deficit Reduction Act of 1985
(Gramm-Rudman-Hollings), however, although OCC remains
committed to such efforts, we may not be able to maintain the
same pace during 1986.
Resources have been severely strained,
and it has been necessary to make across-the-board reductions
in training expenditures.
Moreover, District training
conferences and OCC attendance at public conferences and
seminars, which have been valuable vehicles for sharing
information on BSA and other important topics, have been
cancelled or reduced.
In addition to on-going training and education efforts, we
believe that progress is essential in two critical areas if
gains are to be made in the Federal Government's efforts to
ensure compliance with the BSA.
These areas are (1) increased
coordination among the agencies with compliance and enforcement responsibilities and (2) more effective use of available data
for targeting compliance and enforcement efforts.
Increased Interagency Coordination
We have great faith in the benefits which can be derived from
the interagency working group process.
As discussed above, the
Justice Department's working group, in which we are a very
active participant, has proven how effectively the bank
regulators can work together with the law enforcement
We believe this experience can be used as
for success in the BSA area, and as an active participant in the IRS/Financial Institutions Regulatory Working Group, we are
looking forward to the same accomplishments in the BSA area.
Improved communications and utilization of available BSA and other financial data could, we believe, significantly increase the return on our enforcement and compliance resources. clearly, neither occ nor any of the other financial