(April 9, 2021) Leadership at FinCEN changes Sunday as a new acting director takes office, following the effective date today of the resignation of the most recent director.
The Treasury Department said this week that Michael Mosier, current counselor to the deputy secretary of the Treasury and a former FinCEN deputy director, will return to the agency as acting director, effective Sunday (April 11). He will be taking over for Kenneth A. Blanco, current FinCEN director, who announced late last week that he is stepping down today.
Before joining Treasury last month as the deputy secretary’s counselor, Mosier served as FinCEN’s deputy director and first digital innovation officer, the agency said in a release. Other federal law enforcement positions include associate director at Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), deputy chief in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) money laundering and asset recovery section. He also served in the White House National Security Council as director for transnational organized crime.
Treasury also said that AnnaLou Tirol, former associate director of FinCEN’s Strategic Operations Division, is now serving as FinCEN deputy director. Tirol joined FinCEN in 2019 as associate director of the strategic operations division, which promotes FinCEN’s strategic partnerships with government and private industry stakeholders, both domestically and internationally.