Subject: Joint Agency Request Relating to Information Pertaining to Terrorist Attacks
Date: September 28, 2001
Joint Agency Request Relating to Information Pertaining to Terrorist Attacks
To: Chief Executive Officers and Chief Information Technology Officers of National Banks, Federal Branches, Department and Division Heads, and Examining Personnel
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency requests your participation in a system to facilitate cooperation with law enforcement authorities in their ongoing investigation of terrorist activity. As explained in the attached release, the federal financial institution supervisory agencies have worked with law enforcement on an electronic system to distribute a unified list of individuals and entities identified by the FBI or other law enforcement agencies (the "Control List").
We need your immediate help in starting this system. We will distribute the Control List once we receive the following information from your institution:
As discussed in the attached release, if you identify a suspect account from the Control List at your bank, you need to note only that your bank has a positive response. Law enforcement officials will follow up as appropriate. No information about a particular account—including the identity of the account holder—should be provided in your response.
Thank you for your assistance in this important matter. Inquiries may be directed to Brian C. McCormally, Director, or Robert S. Pasley, Assistant Director, Enforcement and Compliance Division by phone at (202) 874-4800 and facsimile at (202) 874-5301.
Daniel P. Stipano