Biden: The Fight Against Foreign and Transnational Corruption Is a National Security Interest

Biden: The Fight Against Foreign and Transnational Corruption Is a National Security Interest

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On June 3, 2021, President Biden issued a National Security Memorandum establishing the fight against corruption both at home and abroad as a core United States national security interest and directing the development of a 200-day interagency review designed to culminate in a report and recommendations on how the United States government and its partners can better combat corruption, enhance transparency in the global financial system, and promote good governance. When combined with the anti-money laundering (AML) legislation that entered into force with the January 2021 bipartisan passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA) — the most significant reforms to U.S. AML laws since the 2001 adoption of the USA PATRIOT ACT—and a review of sanctions policy conducted by the Treasury Department, the Memorandum may lead to a heightened focus on illicit financial activity and corruption, and may ultimately result in additional resources being allocated to anti-corruption and anti-money laundering enforcement.

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