OFAC advises risk-based compliance approach during Covid-19 crisis
On April 20, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a statement reminding businesses—including financial institutions—to adhere to a risk-based administration of their sanctions compliance plans. The release notes that, in light of Covid-19, businesses may need to reassign resources otherwise dedicated to sanctions compliance to other areas. If apparent violations are made due to this reallocation of resources, OFAC asserts that it will take this into consideration when determining the appropriate response to the business. Also, businesses and persons subject to OFAC regulatory authority are urged to contact OFAC if the businesses anticipate any delays in satisfying deadlines or in filing required submissions and reports, including meeting the 10-day deadline for filing reject reports. The statement provides OFAC contact information appropriate to a number of situations, including matters related to reject reports, subpoenas, license reports, requests for reconsideration, and self-disclosures.