The increasing sophistication of Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Funding of Terrorism (AML/CFT) software and modeling techniques and the broader application of these models have played an undeniable role in the enhanced effectiveness of AML/CFT programs in financial institutions.

The regulatory agencies are utilizing more analytical and statistical specialists in BSA examinations. Additionally, recent BSA examinations demonstrate that the de facto threshold for regulatory scrutiny of AML models continues to decrease. All AML models must follow the guidance of OCC Bulletin 2011-12 and the subsequent Interagency Statement on Model Risk Management for Bank Systems Supporting Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Compliance (4/9/21), which outline the expectations for model risk management, especially the need for independent review and model validations.

Young & Associates can assist you with our AML Validation and Review.
Customized for your institution and as required by the regulators, our AML validation and review addresses:

  • Conceptual Soundness. We focus on the design, methodology, and construction of the model. This includes analysis and review of the model documentation, assumptions and limitations, data quality and completeness, and implementation
  • Ongoing Monitoring. We make sure that the model is working efficiently and as intended to meet your institution’s business objectives, and ensure that it is tailored to the institution’s Risk Assessment (AML Program Management). This includes model tuning and calibration, which is driven by several Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
  • Outcomes Analysis. We examine the model’s output, including alerts generated from transaction monitoring, along with the supporting information used for investigation. Above-the-line and below-the-line testing is conducted to ensure that alerts are accurate and complete. Monitoring rules and parameters are also assessed.

Young & Associates collaborates with many of the AML software providers throughout the validation and review to make the process as seamless to your institution as possible.

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Young & Associates provides an unmatched depth of practical expertise. Our BSA compliance team includes former banking executives, compliance regulators, and tenured finance professionals who hold the CAMS (Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist) designation. We’re uniquely qualified to understand and solve your challenges, because we have personally experienced those same issues. For more information on how we can assist you with your AML validation and review, contact us at [email protected] or 330.422.3482.

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