Alerts and Updates

New Guidance for OFAC Sanctions Compliance Commitments

May 3, 2019

In a May 2, 2019, press release, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced new guidance for companies and persons that conduct business activities in the United States or use U.S.-origin goods or services. “A Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments” is intended for organizations under U.S. jurisdiction as well as foreign entities and foreign nationals engaged in business activities with U.S. persons in an effort to aid them in complying with U.S. sanctions.

The document examines a variety of topics with specific emphasis and discussion of the following:

  • Management commitment;
  • Risk assessment;
  • Internal controls;
  • Testing and auditing;
  • Training; and
  • Analysis of certain “root causes” of the OFAC sanctions compliance program breakdowns or deficiencies.

The publication also discusses how OFAC “may incorporate these components into its evaluation of apparent violations and resolution of investigations resulting in settlements.”

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