The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) was enacted by Congress in 1970 to fight money laundering and other financial crimes.  The BSA requires many financial institutions to create paper trails by keeping records and filing reports on certain transactions. These reports are submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). FinCEN collects and analyzes the information to support law enforcement investigative efforts and to provide U.S. policy makers with strategic analyses of domestic worldwide money laundering developments, trends and patterns.  The BSA’s reporting and recordkeeping provisions apply to banks, savings and loans, and credit unions as well as other financial institutions, including money services businesses (MSBs).