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FinCEN Announces New Acting Director

WASHINGTON—Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Acting Director Michael Mosier today announced he will depart FinCEN at the end of the week for a new opportunity, after serving as the organization’s acting director. Himamauli “Him” Das, a national security expert with experience at the White House, National Security Council, National Economic Council, and Departments of State and the Treasury, will assume the role of acting director of FinCEN. Today, Treasury launched a public search for a permanent FinCEN director.

“It is an honor to be returning to the Department of the Treasury as acting director of FinCEN to continue the important work the bureau is doing to combat money laundering and disrupt illicit financing, especially as technologies become more sophisticated and as threats are on the rise,” said Him Das. “I’m eager to lead this organization as it carries out critical work to safeguard the financial security of the United States and continues to make the implementation of the sweeping Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 a top priority.”

“We are grateful to Michael for his service and incredibly lucky to have Him come back to Treasury to lead the crucial work of FinCEN. There has never been a more important time to bring the full force of this team of dedicated professionals to the work of disrupting illicit finance including the funding of terrorism,” said Deputy Secretary Wally Adeyemo. “Their tireless work will make the American people safer.”

“Serving as acting director of FinCEN has been an absolute honor, and I am forever grateful to the committed professionals of the bureau who work tirelessly every day to help advance the integrity and innovative strength of the financial system,” said Michael Mosier. “I’m confident that with Him’s and Deputy Director AnnaLou Tirol’s outstanding leadership, FinCEN will continue its important work of protecting the safety, self-determination, and financial opportunity of the American people.”

Das was most recently senior managing director and co-head of CFIUS advisory series at K2 Integrity. Das has vast experience at the U.S. Department of the Treasury where he received the Distinguished Service Award, and spent much of his career combatting illicit financing. Das formerly served as counselor to the ​Department’s General Counsel, Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs, and acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade and Investment at the Treasury Department. Das served as Senior Director for International Trade and Investment at the National Security Council where he oversaw efforts to impose targeted financial sanctions across a range of malign actors. He also served as Deputy Legal Advisor at the National Security Council and attorney at the State Department and was integral to the drafting of the domestic and international framework to combat terrorist financing and the development of the USA PATRIOT Act.

Das has contributed to efforts to develop and deploy innovative technologies to help banks and financial services firms monitor transactions and customers to prevent and identify illicit finance. He has also advised on cryptocurrency policy and enforcement developments.

Das received a J.D. and M.P.P from the University of California at Berkeley; an M.Sc. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in astrophysics, planetary and atmospheric sciences; and a B.S. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley.

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