October 5, 2011
FinCEN delivered to the Federal Register a final rule to implement section 104(e) of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA) to complement Treasury’s ongoing efforts to protect the international financial system from abuse by Iran. The final rule will become effective upon publication in the Federal Register.
CISADA requires the Secretary of the Treasury to issue regulations that impose certain requirements on U.S. banks. The rule issued today requires a U.S. bank, upon request from FinCEN, to inquire of specified foreign banks for which the U.S. bank maintains a correspondent account, and report to the Treasury Department, with respect to whether each foreign bank:
- Maintains a correspondent account for an Iranian-linked financial institution designated under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA);
- Has processed one or more transfers of funds within the preceding 90 calendar days for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, an Iranian-linked financial institution designated under IEEPA, other than through a correspondent account; or
- Has processed one or more transfers of funds within the preceding 90 calendar days for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) or any of its agents or affiliates designated under IEEPA.
Read the full CISADA factsheet here.