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Acquisition of goAML by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) - Monday 12th June 2017

FIU Ireland will be acquiring a new IT software solution, called goAML on Monday, 12th June 2017.

This is an IT software solution specifically designed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for use by Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) throughout the world.  To date, approximately thirty FIUs around the world use goAML, with many more in the process of acquiring it. 

Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) pursuant to Section 42 Criminal Justice (Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing) Act 2010 were received by the FIU and Office of the Revenue Commissioners in paper format.  The goAML system will allow reporting entities to submit STRs electronically to the FIU either as (1) web reports via a secure website or (2) uploading XML Files – see the attached goAML User Guide.

The website featuring the goAML system will go live on Monday 12th of June 2017. From this date, reporting entities will be able to submit STRs electronically to the FIU.  Prior to being able to submit an STR online, the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) must register his/her entity on the FIU Ireland website - there is two tutorial videos (goAML Web Registration Guides) for registering as an a reporting entity and as a person (RegisterAsReportingEntity.mp4 and RegisterAsPerson.mp4) that explains the registration process. Once the registration has been completed, FIU Ireland will authorise each reporting entity as a user of goAML. When the registration has been authorised, STRs can then be submitted electronically to the FIU.

Once an STR has been accepted by the FIU, this exact STR can be printed and forwarded to the Office of the Revenue Commissioners (RC) as is currently the procedure.  The FIU is currently engaging with the RC with regard to goAML – while the RC is not, at this juncture, planning to acquire goAML, they are exploring available options which would allow for them also to receive STRs electronically.  The RC have stated that they are willing to receive STRs in this goAML format as opposed to being handwritten/typed on the traditional STR form (Form ML1).  Please see attached the Quick Reference Guide and the tutorial video guide for submitting an STR (SubmittingAnSTR.mp4) which gives step by step instructions on how to submit an STR.

From the 12th of June 2017, FIU Ireland will only accept STRs that are submitted electronically by way of the website.

GoAML will provide a number of benefits, including the following:

 ~ Secure submission of STRs. 
 ~ Electronic receipts for submitted STRs.
 ~ Reduce cost on postage and stationary.
 ~ Multiple Users - The goAML website allows for multiple users to be registered for each reporting entity. 
 ~ Message Board - goAML features a Message Board that will allow a reporting entity to communicate directly and securely with the FIU.
 ~ Trends, typologies or alerts - The FIU will use the message board to share information on various money laundering & terrorist financing trends and typologies resulting from the analysis of STRs, etc.  In the event that reporting entities need to be quickly alerted concerning particular suspicious/fraudulent activities identified from STRs, this can be done via the message board.
 ~ Statistics – goAML contains a feature which allows for reporting entities to maintain statistics on data of interest such as the number of STRs that they have submitted to the FIU, etc.

Videos:

Register as Person video 
Register as Reporting Entity video
Submitting and STR video

Please note that while the entities will receive an automatic acknowledgement when an STR is accepted by the FIU, periodic feedback as to the status of each STR will cease.  If the FIU needs to communicate with the MLRO on individual STRs, this will be done via the secure Message Board.

If entities experience any difficulties with the registration process or with the electronic submission of STRs after 8am on 12th of June 2017, email correspondence can be forwarded to FIU-Ireland@garda.ie outlining the specific problem(s) and a member of the FIU team will revert with assistance.  In urgent matters, direct contact should be made by telephoning the FIU at 01 6663714. 

If entities wish to explore forwarding STRs by way of single/batch XML uploads, correspondence re same should also be forwarded to FIU-Ireland@garda.ie. Live from 8am Monday, the 12th June 2017.