On February 16, 2016, the US Government Accountability Office released a report that examines the potential illicit uses of remittances and analyzes the benefits of requiring remittance senders to provide certain types of identification at a threshold below the current $3,000 level for US anti-money laundering efforts. Among other things, the report examines: (i) BSA remittance requirements for remittance providers and related challenges that remittance providers face in complying with these requirements; (ii) money laundering risks that remittances pose; and (iii) views of relevant stakeholders’ (including the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, regulators, remittance providers, law enforcement, and industry and other associations) on the extent to which requiring remittance providers to verify identification and collect information at a lower dollar transaction amount than is currently required, or adding a requirement to verify legal immigration status, would assist US federal agencies’ AML efforts.

The report is available at: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-16-65?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery