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Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
National Credit Union Administration
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Office of Thrift Supervision

June 15, 2004

Interagency Advisory

Guidance On Accepting Accounts From Foreign Governments, Foreign Embassies And Foreign Political Figures

In light of recent actions involving Riggs Bank N.A., the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of Thrift Supervision and the National Credit Union Administration (“the Agencies”) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network have received inquiries as to whether financial institutions should do business with embassies and establish account services for foreign governments, foreign embassies and foreign political figures. The purpose of this advisory is to provide guidance to institutions on this subject.