18 01, 2023

Update: Russian Invasion of Ukraine – Sanctions


Last Updated 1-18-23 For the latest information, Click here. January 2023 Ukraine sanctions 119 Russian artists and cultural figures for their support of the war. The US Treasury sanctions six executives and board members of a key Iranian defense manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), as well as the director of an organization responsible for overseeing Iran’s ballistic missile programs, for supporting Russia’s attacks on Ukraine. December 2022 Vladimir Putin signs a decree banning Russian oil sales effective February 1 under contracts [...]

Update: Russian Invasion of Ukraine – Sanctions2023-01-18T11:42:49-05:00
21 09, 2022

2022 PBSA Annual Conference Recap


I have attended over a dozen PBSA conferences over the years, but this might just be the best one yet! With a total of 874 attendees from around the globe, there was a great turn out in Denver. It was wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones, and the mountain scenery from the Gaylord wasn’t too bad either.   Dressed in Vital4 branded Patagonia vests, the Vital4 team was moving and shaking all over the [...]

2022 PBSA Annual Conference Recap2022-09-22T11:10:08-04:00
12 07, 2022

AML/KYC for CRAs – Webinar Recap


Last month's webinar focused on the importance of AML/KYC to background screening and why CRAs, in particular, should focus on it.  Panelists Amy Barbieri, Kym Kurey, and Kristin Stafford covered a variety of the industry's latest trends, ranging from crypto to compliance and the importance of integrated monitoring services. Here are a few key takeaways from the webinar.  Digital transformation is an industry-wide hot topic and is being implemented into many screening processes. Whether it be [...]

AML/KYC for CRAs – Webinar Recap2022-07-12T13:54:59-04:00
12 08, 2021

Why People Are Exploring New Options with Compliance and Risk Management relating to global AML regulatory requirements


While legacy providers have been around the longest, many of them have antiquated solutions that are no longer the best in the market. For that reason, people are beginning to explore new options when it comes to managing compliance risk. The industry has had to adapt and evolve particularly over the last year. With regulations changing frequently, and a record increase for money laundering and regulatory fines, which are expected to continue rising, there has never [...]

Why People Are Exploring New Options with Compliance and Risk Management relating to global AML regulatory requirements2021-08-12T11:16:53-04:00
25 06, 2021

AML Act of 2020


Wealthy and influential individuals and companies have used anonymous entities to hide their wealth, as evidenced in the 2016 Panama Papers and 2020 FinCEN Files Investigations. In January 2021, the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act became law, including the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (AMLA 2020). Part of the AMLA 2020 is the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). The AMLA 2020/CTA amends the Bank Secrecy Act (1970) (among other things) to require that companies (corporations, limited [...]

AML Act of 20202021-08-04T12:51:11-04:00
15 06, 2021

Protect Patients and Avoid Fines with Automated Medical Sanctions Checks


A medical sanctions check provides insight into a healthcare professional's background, identifying any penalties, suspensions, or disciplinary actions against them. Regulatory guidelines from the U.S. Office of the Inspector General (OIG) mandate that healthcare organizations can't employ sanctioned vendors or individuals, meaning that anyone who employs medical practitioners, such as physicians and nurses, must conduct regular sanctions checks to avoid being penalized. Violating federal sanctions can result in hefty fines, suspensions, or even possible jail time, [...]

Protect Patients and Avoid Fines with Automated Medical Sanctions Checks2021-08-04T12:50:47-04:00
3 06, 2021

Adverse Media – A Better Picture of Risk


Adverse media is defined as leveraging traditional and unstructured news sources as an early indicator of unfavorable information related to an individual or a business. Researching negative press is vital to overall risk management strategies and can be used as a financial crime compliance tool.  Unlike background checks, an adverse media search gathers information from various news outlets to help build a risk profile of individuals or businesses that your company may be considering doing business [...]

Adverse Media – A Better Picture of Risk2021-08-04T12:50:19-04:00
20 05, 2021

New, expanded VITAL4CRIM product provides industry-leading flexible data services


Vital4 is excited to announce an expansion of our popular VITAL4CRIM screening services product. Optimizing your screening process is now easier with VITAL4CRIM, which streamlines the criminal database search process by collecting data from thousands of sources at the federal, state, county, and local levels. These sources include Arrest Records, Sex Offenders, Escapee lists, Warrant lists, Inmate rosters, Child Support Violations, Career Offenders, and dozens of others. This data is updated and collected in real-time to [...]

New, expanded VITAL4CRIM product provides industry-leading flexible data services2021-08-04T12:49:43-04:00
4 05, 2021

Hire With Confidence Using High Quality FCRA-Compliant Background Screening


Pre-employment screening is a critical aspect of the hiring process today as it helps businesses find the best employees and ensure that the workplace is safe. Hiring unqualified or risky employees results in higher turnover, lower productivity, and increased compliance risk for your clients. Unfortunately, pre-employment screening can come with significant challenges such as incomplete coverage, missing key data points, or producing false positives that can jeopardize your business relationships. That's why Vital4 created a smarter [...]

Hire With Confidence Using High Quality FCRA-Compliant Background Screening2021-05-04T11:48:53-04:00
1 04, 2021

Optimize Your Global Watchlist and Sanctions Screening with AI-Powered Solution for Continuous Monitoring


Best-practice compliance doesn’t stop after an initial screening. In fact, many global regulators require continuous monitoring to meet their standards for internal and third-party risk management. Governments and international organizations compile global watchlists to identify entities linked to crime, corruption, terrorism, money laundering, and other various forms of unethical behavior. Entities can include individuals, corporations, or even countries. Even if these entities aren’t actively committing a crime, they could be connected to suspicious activity. It’s crucial [...]

Optimize Your Global Watchlist and Sanctions Screening with AI-Powered Solution for Continuous Monitoring2021-08-04T12:45:12-04:00
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