On June 30, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Treasury, published in the Federal Register an interim final rule amending the regulations under the Bank Secrecy Act to adjust the maximum amount or range, as set by statute, of certain civil monetary penalties within its jurisdiction to account for inflation. This action is being taken to implement the requirements of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as further amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. The new rule is effective August 1, 2016. Written comments on this Interim Final Rulemaking must be submitted on or before August 1, 2016.

During June 2016, several other Federal departments and agencies that affect international trade also adjusted their civil penalties. The departments and agencies as well as the dates of the publication of the respective Federal Register notices are given in the table below:

F.R. Date

Agency and Subject


Commerce Department: Civil Monetary Penalty Adjustments for Inflation [Docket No. 160523449–6449–01]


State: Civil Monetary Penalties Inflationary Adjustment [Public Notice: 9536]


Energy: Inflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties

Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS): Civil Penalties; Inflation Adjustments for Civil Monetary Penalties


Federal Communications Commission (FCC): Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties To Reflect Inflation [DA 16–644] (FR)

Federal Trade Commission (FTC):Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalty Amounts

Federal Maritime Commission (FMC):Inflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties[Docket No. 16–13]

Justice: Civil Monetary Penalties Inflation Adjustment [Docket No. OAG 148; AG Order No. 3690–2016]

Maritime Administration (MARAD): Civil Penalties

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA): Pipeline Safety: Inflation Adjustment of Maximum Civil Penalties [Docket No. PHMSA–2016–0010] (IR)

U.S. Postal Service: Inspection Service Authority; Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment