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OFAC director Richard Newcomb leaves, Robert Werner is new director of OFAC

Posted September 28, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Politics.

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U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow said Tuesday Robert Werner will become the new director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Snow said Werner will take over the position at the Treasury Oct. 1, succeeding Richard Newcomb, who said earlier this month he was leaving the Treasury Department after 17 years as OFAC director.

Werner is currently the Treasury Department’s assistant general counsel for enforcement and intelligence.

He was previously counselor to the Treasury’s office of the general counsel and chief of staff at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

OFAC is responsible for the U.S. government’s 29 sanction programs against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, international drug traffickers and dealers in massively destructive weapons.

Member Comments

On September 29, 2004, publisher wrote:

Will a change at the helm mean a change in direction?

Maybe now OFAC will focus more energy on illegal terriorist activities than on illegal American activities.

From :

“The report by Treasury’ Office of Foreign Assets Control, first highlighted by the Associated Press, also noted that while OFAC opened just 93 enforcement investigations related to terrorism and collected just $9,425 in fines for terrorism-financing violations since 1994, it worked 10,683 cases on the Cuban embargo and collected more than $8 million in fines.”

On September 30, 2004, Ralph wrote:

Who has changed is the man behind the hem ,but the hem remains the
same,I mean that is naive to envisage a change of direction, just
because of changement of one man.-