AML Model Validation: A Critical Need in the New Regulatory Environment

Gina J. Lowdermilk

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This training program will discuss the history and origin of a model validation. It will also discuss the requirements by the OCC for a model validation, and what exactly a model validation should include. The session will also analyze the elements of a model validation to know what to look for in an RFP, and detail the requirements included in Final Rule 504.

Why Should You Attend:

According to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), “banking organizations should conduct a periodic review-at least annually but more frequently if warranted-of each model to determine it is working as intended and if the existing activities are sufficient.” This has become known in the industry as a model validation, system validation, independent verification and validation (IVV), or just validation. The challenge we’ve seen is interpreting this – what is a model, which models, what a “review” should include, etc.

As such we’ve seen a number of organizations conduct one, either internally or independently, often missing elements to the model that couldn’t possibly validate an institution’s model without them. Further, pushing regulators to require that institutions repeat their model validation.

This webinar will cover a number of topics: the history of a validation – where it comes from, what it means according to the OCC, what elements should a model validation include, the importance of conducting one, how often one should be conducted, what to look for in an RFP, vendor due diligence and the requirements included in Final Rule 504.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the history and origin of a model validation.
  • Discuss the requirements by the OCC for a model validation, and what exactly a model validation should include.
  • Where we’re seeing the regulatory pressure to complete a model validation.
  • What a sample project plan should look like.
  • Cover the elements of a model validation in-depth, so you know what you to look for in an RFP.
  • Discuss the importance of statistical data analysis and its importance in the final report.
  • Discuss vendor due diligence – how to select a vendor familiar with the in-depth nature of the project, and being able to recognize their independence.
  • Review the model validation requirements in Final Rule 504.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • The definition of a model validation according to the OCC
  • How often a model validation should be completed according to the OCC
  • The origin of the term independent verification and validation, and how that relates to today’s model validation
  • Where the regulatory pressure has been to conduct an AML model validation
  • What elements should be reviewed during an AML model validation
  • What qualifies as a model validation, and what does not
  • What a sample model validation project plan would look like
  • Vendor due diligence – selecting a vendor for your AML/BSA projects
  • Definition of vendor independence
  • Outline the additions in Final Rule 504 as they relate to AML model validations

Who Will Benefit:

  • BSA/AML Officers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Sanctions Officers
  • AML Analysts
  • Risk Officers
  • Legal Departments
  • Risk Managers
  • CEOs/Presidents at Banks, Broker-Dealers, Money Services Businesses and Other Non-Bank Financial Institutions
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Speaker: Gina J. Lowdermilk, BSA/Compliance Auditor and Consultant

Dr. Gina J. Lowdermilk,PhD (ABD), CAMS, CRMS is a highly experienced and educated BSA/AML and Financial Regulatory Compliance professional with extensive policy and procedure development and implementation, training, internal audit, monitoring, risk management, and reporting experience. Her emphasis has been working with financial institutions that are experiencing regulatory concerns and resolutions, including enforcement actions such as memorandums of understanding and cease and desist orders. Her 15 years of experience has given her the opportunity to work from small community banks to large, international financial institutions. Her roles not only included BSA/AML and Compliance, but also operations, lending services, business development, marketing, management, department development, and asset quality.

Ms. Lowdermilk has worked with all of the financial regulators and examiners. She possesses advanced Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Internet Explorer, Visio, and Access skills. She also has experience with FiServ, BAM, CRA Wiz, TeamMate, COGNOS, and Metavante banking software. She has been responsible for creating both recurring and ad hoc executive management and board presentations. In addition to her above experience, she is also an adjunct instructor for the business and construction management programs at a local college, as well as writes numerous BSA/AML and Compliance articles, training materials, and manuals as requested from numerous clients.