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Michael  Dondarski

Michael Dondarski

U.S. Department of the Treasury
Assistant Director for Enforcement - Office of Foreign Assets Control
Washington, DC, USA

Michael Dondarski is the Assistant Director for Enforcement at the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). He is responsible for managing and directing OFAC’s Enforcement Division, which conducts investigations of apparent violations of U.S. economic sanctions by non-financial actors and parties. In this role, he serves as the agency’s primary liaison with other government and law enforcement agencies on sanctions enforcement matters, including the Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security, and as the agency’s expert technical authority on sanctions violations and enforcement matters.

Prior to assuming his current position in June 2016, Michael was OFAC’s Chief of Regulated Industries Oversight and Evaluation, where he oversaw OFAC’s financial sector enforcement process for several years. During his time in that position, Michael managed a team of talented sanctions compliance investigators, coordinated OFAC’s efforts to identify and analyze emerging non-transparent payment practices designed to evade U.S. economic sanctions, and negotiated some of the largest OFAC penalties and settlements on record.

Michael spent the early years of his OFAC career as a key member of the agency’s Sanctions Compliance and Evaluation team, advancing OFAC’s efforts to ensure robust sanctions compliance throughout the financial and international trade sectors. He has advised on thousands of inquiries regarding compliance with OFAC’s economic sanctions programs, participated in dozens of domestic and international outreach events, and played an integral role in coordinating and implementing OFAC’s international outreach efforts regarding historic changes to U.S. sanctions on Iran, including the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, and the Joint Plan of Action.


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