Table: SEC, CFTC off-channel communications penalties

Bank of America

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) crack down on recordkeeping failures by financial services firms regarding employee use of off-channel communications for business purposes began in December 2021 and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing since.

The agencies have combined to levy about $2.8 billion in penalties against firms and their affiliates in response to the violations. Firms have admitted their failures and been required to retain independent compliance consultants to review their off-channel communication recordkeeping policies and procedures and how they address noncompliance by employees.

The below table summarizes the SEC’s and CFTC’s enforcement activities regarding off-channel communications. Violations by affiliates have been accounted for under their parent companies for presentation purposes.

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