Patriot Act Screening

In October of 2001, Federal legislation titled Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism, better known as the USA Patriot Act, was approved by Congress. The law was designed to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, and also expanded the range of industries required to conduct such screenings under existing laws.

Federal law specifies that all individuals and organizations within the United States are responsible for ensuring that they do not undertake business dealings with an individual or entity listed on the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons List.

Certain industries, including financial services, import/export and travel, have additional requirements. While the Patriot Act is Federal law, some states also have more restrictive requirements for certain types of businesses.

SpotOn Services provides searches of the

  • Lists of Names subject to the "Regulations Establishing a List of Entities" made under subsection 583.05(1) of the Criminal Code, and/or the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on the Suppression of Terrorism (RIUNRST) and/or United Nations Al-Qaida and Taliban Regulations (UNAQTR)
  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN), a list of individuals and companies owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, targeted countries. It also lists individuals, groups, and entities, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers designated under programs that are not country-specific. Collectively, such individuals and companies are called "Specially Designated Nationals" or "SDNs." Their assets are blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.
  • Bureau of Industry and Security, U. S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), OFAC administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorism sponsoring organizations, and international narcotics traffickers.