Many people think that by verifying that their clients are not on the sanctions lists published by the competent authorities in their jurisdiction, be that the U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Asset Control or Her Majesty’s Treasury Consolidated List of Targets, that they will be compliant and therefore safe.

This is a false sense of security garnered by a “tick the box” mentality.  In order to properly manage risk, a risk based approach must be taken to understand and address that risk. This is why all lists need to be screened with a comprehensive tool.  Because an individual identified and listed on one list is likely to show up later on lists in other jurisdictions.  Governments share information, and while intelligence can be shared quickly, it rarely is necessary to do so with such urgency.  Which means that the client who’s not on a list in your jurisdiction but on a list in another may become a serious problem for your organization in the near future.

After all, you don’t want to end up with an epic fail like Obama…

%d bloggers like this: