On 5 January 2015, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced that it had adopted an advanced sanctions list format for its Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list based on data standards developed by the United Nations and the Wolfsberg Group of International Banks. Among other capabilities, the new format supports the use of writing systems beyond the Latin script and name formats based on the rules of a specific culture, language or region. The United States is the first UN member state to implement the new data model. The SDN list remains available in its traditional formats as well. The new format has not yet been applied to OFAC’s non-SDN lists, such as the Foreign Sanctions Evaders list and the Sectoral Sanctions Identifications list.