A World of Risk: U.S. and International Sanctions and Watch Lists

Penalties for running afoul of U.S. compliance regulations range up to $10 million in fines and 30 years imprisonment. To protect your company, your officers and yourself, you will likely need to screen against more than just the OFAC Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list.

There are a vast number of lists, including those for International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and many more.

The right mix will depend on such considerations as the degree to which adverse publicity will affect your business, the extent to which you rely on government contracts, the industry regulations to which your company is subject, the countries in which you conduct business, the nature of your corporate relationships, the way your products are services are controlled, and whether you are public or privately held. Your Visual OFAC compliance consultant can assist you in selecting the appropriate coverage.

The following are among Visual OFAC's most frequently selected screening lists.

Sanction Programs-related Blocked Persons Lists

  • U.S. Treasury Department Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons, including Cuba and Merchant Vessels, Iran, Iraq and Merchant Vessels, Sudan Blocked Vessels [OFAC]
  • Department of Treasury Specially Designated Terrorist Organizations and Individuals
  • Department of Treasury Specially Designated Narcotic Traffickers and Narcotics Kingpins
  • Department of Treasury Foreign Narcotics Kingpins
  • United Nations Consolidated List
  • U.N. sanctions measures (assets freeze, travel ban, or arms embargo) imposed by the Security Council on individuals and entities under Security Council Resolutions 751 (1992) and 1907 (2009) concerning Somalia and Eritrea, 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011) concerning Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities, 1518 (2003), 1521 (2003) concerning Liberia, 1533 (2004) concerning The Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1572 (2004) concerning Côte d'Ivoire, 1591 (2005) concerning The Sudan, 1718 (2006), 1737 (2006), 1970 (2011) concerning Libya, 1988 (2011), and 2048 (2012) concerning Guinea-Bissau.

General Services Administration

  • U.S. General Services Administration List of Parties Excluded from Federal Procurement Programs [SAM/EPLS]
  • U.S. General Services Administration List of Parties Excluded from Federal Nonprocurement Programs [SAM/EPLS]
  • U.S. General Services Administration List of Parties Excluded from Federal Reciprocal Programs [SAM/EPLS]

Export-related Restricted, Denied, and Blocked Persons Lists

  • Department of Commerce Denied Persons [BIS]
  • Department of Commerce Entity List [BIS]
  • Department of Commerce "Unverified" List [BIS]
  • Department of State Arms Export Control Act Debarred Parties [DDTC]
  • Department of State Nonproliferation Orders
  • Executive Order 13382
  • Iran and Syria Nonproliferation Act
  • Executive Order 12938, as amended
  • Missile Sanctions Laws
  • Chemical and Biological Weapons Sanctions Laws
  • Sanctions for the Transfer of Lethal Military Equipment
  • Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act Sanctions (INKSNA)
  • Department of State Munitions Export Control Orders [DDTC]
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Trade Control Designations [OFAC]
  • Department of State Designated Terrorist Organizations
  • Department of State Terrorist Exclusion List
  • U.S. Treasury Department Palestinian Legislative Council List [OFAC]
  • U.S. Federal Register General Orders

Law Enforcement-related Wanted Persons Lists

  • Air Force Office of Special Investigations—Top Ten Fugitives
    • Focuses on four priorities: to exploit counterintelligence activities for force protection, to resolve violent crime impacting the Air Force, to combat threats to Air Force information systems and technologies, and to defeat and deter acquisition fraud.
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Most Wanted
    • Enforces U.S. federal laws and regulations relating to alcohol, tobacco products, firearms, explosives, and arson.
  • FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives
    • Investigative functions fall into the categories of applicant matters, civil rights, counterterrorism, foreign counterintelligence, organized crime/drugs, violent crimes and major offenders, and financial crime.
  • FBI Most Wanted Terrorists
    • Lists alleged terrorists that have been indicted by sitting Federal Grand Juries in various jurisdictions in the United States for the crimes reflected on their wanted posters.
  • FBI Wanted Fugitives
  • FBI Crime Alert
  • FBI Seeking Information
  • Food and Drug Administration—Clinical Investigators
  • Food and Drug Administration—Disqualified and Restricted
  • Food and Drug Administration—Debarment List
    • Individuals that have had various restrictions placed against them by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for scientific misconduct.
    • Department of Homeland Security Most Wanted Fugitive Criminal Aliens
    • Persons wanted on Administrative Orders of Removal from the United States.
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service—Wanted Fugitives
    • Conducts felony criminal investigations and counterintelligence for the Department of the Navy, and manages Navy security programs.
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Most Wanted Fugitives
    • Investigates fugitive matters involving escaped federal prisoners; probation, parole, and bond default violator ... and warrants generated DEA investigations and certain other related felony cases.
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration—Major International Fugitives
    • Enforces controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and brings to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States those entities and individuals involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States.
  • U.S. Marshals Service—Top 15 Most Wanted
  • U.S. Marshals Service—Major Fugitive Cases
    • Involved in most every federal law enforcement initiative. U.S. Marshals major cases and top 15 most wanted consist of individuals with a history of violent crimes who may be considered armed and dangerous.
  • Office of Research Integrity Administrative Actions
    • The names of individuals that have had administrative actions imposed against them by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), maintained by the Public Health Service (PHS). The Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH) makes the final PHS decision on findings of research misconduct and the imposition of administration actions after reviewing the recommendations made by ORI.
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service—Most Wanted
    • Important areas of jurisdictions include: assaults, bombs, controlled substances, electronic crimes, mail fraud, and money laundering.
  • U.S. Secret Service—Most Wanted
    • The United States Secret Service is mandated to carry out two missions: protection and criminal investigations. In criminal investigation, the Secret Service is responsible for the enforcement of laws relating to counterfeiting of obligations and securities of the United States, investigation of financial crimes including, but not limited to access device fraud, financial institution fraud, identity theft, computer fraud, telecommunications fraud, and computer based attacks on our nation's financial, banking, and telecommunications infrastructure.

Politically Exposed Persons and Office of the Inspector General

  • Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments [Central Intelligence Agency]
  • Office of Inspector General List of Individuals/Entities Excluded from Federal Health and Medicare Programs

International Terrorist, Blocked Person, Wanted, and Entity Lists

  • European Union Consolidated List
  • Interpol Recently Wanted
    • Lists persons that are wanted by national jurisdictions.
  • Japan Foreign End-Users of Concern
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Wanted Militants
  • Canada Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Listed Entities
  • Australia Foreign Affairs Consolidated List
  • Bank of England [HM Treasury] Consolidated List
  • Canadian Border Services Agency Wanted List
  • Violations of human or international rights under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act or under international law.
  • RCMP Wanted Fugitives
    • Enforces laws made by, or under, the authority of the Parliament of Canada.
  • World Bank Listing of Ineligible Firms
    • Lists names of firms and individuals that are ineligible to be awarded a World Bank-financed contract for the periods indicated because they were found to have violated the fraud and corruption provisions of the Procurement Guidelines or the Consultants Guidelines.
  • OSFI Consolidated List—Entities
  • OSFI Consolidated List—Individuals
    • Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) issues names subject to the regulations establishing a list of entities made under the Canada Criminal Code or the United Nations suppression of terrorism regulations. OSFI is the sole regulator of banks, and the primary regulator of insurance companies, trust companies, loan companies and pension plans in Canada.
  • OSFI Warning List
    • Issues entity names that may be of concern to the business community and the public.

Risk Country Alerts

  • Department of Commerce, EAR Part 736 General Prohibition Three (Foreign-produced direct product re-exports)
  • Department of Commerce, EAR Part 736 General Prohibition Eight (In transit shipments and items to be unladen from vessels or aircraft)
  • Department of Commerce, EAR Part 740, Country Group E:1, Terrorist Supporting Countries
  • Department of Commerce, EAR Part 744, Subject to military end-user and end-use based control policy for specified ECCN dual-use items
  • Department of Commerce, EAR Part 746, Embargoes and Other Special Controls (embargoes, sanctions, or special controls on specified items)
  • Department of State, U.S. Arms Embargoes
  • Department of State, Restricted export destinations under the ITAR (126.1) including denial policy
  • Department of State, DDTC policy restrictions, limitations, or delays on license applications for the export of USML items
  • Department of State, State Sponsors of Terrorism
  • Department of State, Countries Not Cooperating Fully with United States Antiterrorism Efforts
  • Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Sanctions
  • United Nations (UN) Sanctions
  • BIS India and Pakistan Export Restrictions, including Atomic Energy blocked entities
  • Exports and reexports under restriction to Afghanistan Countries that may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott [Section 999(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986]