Leadership at FinCEN to change April 9; current director announces departure, acting director named

A current Treasury official will head up the agency’s financial crimes enforcement unit on an acting basis once the incumbent director leaves office April 9, the agency said Friday.

The Treasury Department said Michael Mosier, current counselor to the deputy secretary of the Treasury and a former deputy director of the agency’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), will return to FinCEN as acting director, effective April 11. He will be taking over for Kenneth A. Blanco, current FinCEN director, who said Friday he will depart April 9.

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 held by Mosier have included associate director at Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and 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.

Mosier is a former prosecutor with the Manhattan County district attorney’s office in New York and has served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. He previously worked at a law firm representing technology, media, and financial services clients; and at the cryptocurrency analytics, compliance, and investigations firm Chainalysis, where he was chief technical counsel, Treasury said.

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.

Previously, Tirol oversaw DOJ’s Public Integrity Section prosecuting public corruption matters. She began her public service as an assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego and has served overseas tours for DOJ in Belgrade, Serbia, focusing on anti-corruption issues; and in Panama City, Panama, focusing on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism.

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