On March 10, 2017, Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco addressed the 31st annual American Bar Association White Collar Crime conference about the Criminal Division, and in particular its efforts with respect to white collar crime and corruption in the international arena.  Blanco noted the Department’s success in its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing efforts, as well as its continued efforts in preventing the abuse of shell companies.  Blanco then described the customer due diligence final rule announced by the U.S. Treasury Department in May 2016 as a “critical step toward greater transparency” and said that the Department “will be taking a hard look at compliance with [the] rule in the course of [its] future investigations.”  Blanco also spoke about the increasingly international nature of the Department’s work and the importance of reciprocal information sharing with international partners.  He noted that foreign counterparts are becoming more aggressive in their own anti-corruption efforts, resulting in companies with corruption issues facing possible prosecutions in numerous jurisdictions.  As examples of the Department’s international work, Blanco discussed the FCPA case against Odebrecht, which reportedly is facing investigations in as many as ten separate countries, and the action against 1Malaysia Development Berhad brought by the Kleptocracy Initiative.  On the FCPA, Blanco addressed the Fraud Section’s “Pilot Program” and said that when the one-year pilot period ends on April 5, the Department intends to evaluate its utility and efficacy and then reach a decision on whether to extend the program and what, if any, revisions should be made to it.