CUNA Regulatory Comment Call
November 18, 2010
FinCENs Notice and Request for Comments Bank Secrecy Act Suspicious Activity Report Database Proposed Data Fields
- The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is designing a new Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) database and invites comment on the list of proposed data fields within the database related to Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) filings by financial institutions.
- The notice does not propose any new regulatory requirements or change any current requirements related to suspicious activity reporting.
- FinCEN is seeking comment on technical matters related to transitioning from the current paper-based system to a modernized IT environment designed for electronic reporting.
- The proposed data fields will be applicable to all SAR filers. The new database will provide filers access to an interactive, e-fileable SAR report. The list of proposed data fields for the BSA Suspicious Activity Report (BSA-SAR) can be found at the end of the notice.
- Please submit your comments to this proposal to CUNA by December 8, 2010. Comment directed to FinCEN must be received no later than December 14, 2010.
Please feel free to fax your responses to CUNA at 202-638-7052; email to Federal Compliance Counsel Nichole Seabron at email@example.com; or mail them to Nichole in c/o CUNAs Regulatory Affairs Department, 601 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, South Bulding, 6th floor, Washington DC 20004. You may also contact us for a copy of the regulation or access it here.
The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) authorizes the Secretary of Treasury to issue regulations requiring persons to keep records and file reports that are determined to have a high degree of usefulness in criminal, tax, regulatory, and counterterrorism matters. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has been given the authority to enforce BSA regulations. The BSA requires financial institutions to report suspicious transactions via the Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) and these reports are made available to appropriate agencies and organizations as permitted.
FinCEN is designing a database that can accept modernized electronic BSA reporting. The database will accept XML-based, dynamic reports. The new system will accommodate batch and computer to computer filing processes as before, however, the file format will be changed to match the database. Discrete filings will be based on Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES dynamic forms. Batch and computer to computer filers will file reports based on electronic file specifications that will be finalized after reviewing public comments in response to this notice.
All filings will be accessed through the BSA E-Filing system using current registration and log-in procedures. While logging into the discrete filing option, filers will be prompted to complete a series of questions providing information regarding the type of financial institution filing the SAR form. After log-in, the filer will then be prompted to answer additional questions appropriate for the type of institution filing the SAR. As noted above, batch and computer to computer procedures will be determined after comments to this notice have been received.
Summary of BSA-SAR Proposed Data Fields
Item 1, Type of Filing all institutions are required to complete item 1.
Part 1, Subject Information all institutions will complete a Part 1 for each subject. Part 1 may be repeated as necessary to cover all subjects. Institutions will provide the following information about the subject in Part 1 subject contact information, subject identification, financial institution relationship information, and subject account information.
Part II, Suspicious Activity Information this section must be completed by all filers. Filers are only required to complete those items that are applicable to their facts. There is a select all feature available for filers that would like to add additional information. Generally, there will be one Part II per report.
Part III, Information Concerning Financial Institution Where Activity Occurred This section may be repeated as many times as needed to report an unlimited number of financial institutions and/or branches if necessary.
Part IV, Filing Institution Contact Information this information is required for each report.
Part V, Suspicious Activity Information Narrative this is a text file that is limited to 17,000 characters (approximately six pages). The new database gives institutions the ability to attach a MS Excel compatible file (no larger than 1 MB) in order to provide additional details in tabular format. Attaching the spreadsheet is optional.
A list of the proposed data fields for the BSA-SAR report can be found at the end of the FinCEN notice.
Given that the proposal does not require any substantive changes to the SAR filing requirement, FinCEN believes that the burden to financial institutions will be minimal. Accordingly, FinCEN estimates that it will take approximately 2 hours to complete recordkeeping and recording requirements using the new database. The proposal estimates that it will take filers (on average) 60 minutes to complete each report and 60 minutes to complete recordkeeping requirements.
QUESTIONS REGARDING THE PROPOSED DATABASE
FinCEN welcomes all comments with regard to the database proposal. FinCEN is specifically requesting comment on the following:
- Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions
of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility
- The accuracy of the agencys estimate of the burden of information collection
- Ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected
- Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including
through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology
- Estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance and purchase
of services to provide information
Eric Richard General Counsel (202) 508-6742 firstname.lastname@example.org |
Mary Mitchell Dunn SVP & Deputy General Counsel (202) 508-6736 email@example.com
Luke Martone Senior Regulatory Counsel (202) 508-6743 firstname.lastname@example.org