Watchlist monitoring is a critical piece in many onboarding processes. Using Middesk, you can screen against many watchlists, including the Consolidated Screening List, all of which are listed below.

Code

Title

Agency

Organization

CAP

Capta List

Office of Foreign Assets Control

U.S. Department of Treasury

DPL

Denied Persons List

Bureau of Industry and Security

U.S. Department of Commerce

DTC

AECA/ITAR Debarred

Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

U.S. Department of State

EL

Entity List

Bureau of Industry and Security

U.S. Department of Commerce

FSE

Foreign Sanctions Evaders

Office of Foreign Assets Control

U.S. Department of Treasury

ISN

Nonproliferation Sanctions

Bureau of International Security and Non-Proliferation

U.S. Department of State

MEU

Military End User

Bureau of Industry and Security

U.S. Department of Commerce

NS-ISA

Non-SDN Iranian Sanctions

Office of Foreign Assets Control

U.S. Department of Treasury

NS-MBS

Non-SDN Menu-Based Sanctions

Office of Foreign Assets Control

U.S. Department of Treasury

PLC

Palestinian Legislative Council List

Office of Foreign Assets Control

U.S. Department of Treasury

SDN

Specially Designated Nationals

Office of Foreign Assets Control

U.S. Department of Treasury

SSI

Sectoral Sanctions Identifications List

Office of Foreign Assets Control

U.S. Department of Treasury

UVL

Unverified List

Bureau of Industry and Security

U.S. Department of Commerce

When "hits" are found based on a fuzzy search of a business' name and officers, the results will be returned in the API response.

The watchlist object

The watchlist response has a container for displaying top-level information around watching screening.

{
  "id": "3fc438eb-1234-4fc1-bb5e-fcac60db2e2e",
  "object": "watchlist",
  "lists": [
    {
      "abbr": "DPL",
      "title": "Denied Persons List",
      "agency": "Bureau of Industry and Security",
      "results": [],
      "agency_abbr": "BIS",
      "organization": "U.S. Department of Commerce"
    },
    {
      "abbr": "DTC",
      "title": "AECA/ITAR Debarred",
      "agency": "Directorate of Defense Trade Controls",
      "results": [
        {
          "id": "a6be972d-2eff-4785-a57f-f2b834f3fb96",
          "object": "watchlist_result",
          "listed_at": null,
          "entity_name": "Gia An Du",
          "entity_aliases": [
            "Anthony Huynh",
            "Simon Du",
            "Gia Simon Du"
          ],
          "agency_list_url": "http://bit.ly/307FuRQ",
          "agency_information_url": "http://bit.ly/307FuRQ"
        }
      ],
      "agency_abbr": "DDTC",
      "organization": "U.S. Department of State"
    },
    {
      "abbr": "EL",
      "title": "Entity List",
      "agency": "Bureau of Industry and Security",
      "results": [],
      "agency_abbr": "BIS",
      "organization": "U.S. Department of Commerce"
    },
    {
      "abbr": "SDN",
      "title": "Specially Designated Nationals",
      "agency": "Office of Foreign Assets Control",
      "results": [],
      "agency_abbr": "OFAC",
      "organization": "U.S. Department of Treasury"
    },
    {
      "abbr": "NSISA",
      "title": "Non-SDN Iranian Sanctions Act",
      "agency": "Office of Foreign Assets Control",
      "results": [],
      "agency_abbr": "OFAC",
      "organization": "U.S. Department of Treasury"
    },
    {
      "abbr": "FSE",
      "title": "Foreign Sanctions Evaders",
      "agency": "Office of Foreign Assets Control",
      "results": [],
      "agency_abbr": "OFAC",
      "organization": "U.S. Department of Treasury"
    },
    {
      "abbr": "ISN",
      "title": "Nonproliferation Sanctions",
      "agency": "Bureau of International Security and Non-Proliferation",
      "results": [],
      "agency_abbr": "ISN",
      "organization": "U.S. Department of State"
    },
    {
      "abbr": "P561",
      "title": "Foreign Financial Institutions Subject to Part 561",
      "agency": "Office of Foreign Assets Control",
      "results": [],
      "agency_abbr": "OFAC",
      "organization": "U.S. Department of Treasury"
    },
    {
      "abbr": "PLC",
      "title": "Palestinian Legislative Council",
      "agency": "Office of Foreign Assets Control",
      "results": [],
      "agency_abbr": "OFAC",
      "organization": "U.S. Department of Treasury"
    },
    {
      "abbr": "SSI",
      "title": "Sectoral Sanctions Identifications",
      "agency": "Office of Foreign Assets Control",
      "results": [],
      "agency_abbr": "OFAC",
      "organization": "U.S. Department of Treasury"
    },
    {
      "abbr": "UVL",
      "title": "Unverified List",
      "agency": "Bureau of Industry and Security",
      "results": [],
      "agency_abbr": "BIS",
      "organization": "U.S. Department of Commerce"
    },
    {
      "abbr": "CAP",
      "title": "Capta List",
      "agency": "Office of Foreign Assets Control",
      "results": [],
      "agency_abbr": "OFAC",
      "organization": "U.S. Department of Treasury"
    }
  ],
  "agencies": [
    {
      "org": "U.S. Department of Treasury",
      "abbr": "OFAC",
      "name": "Office of Foreign Assets Control"
    },
    {
      "org": "U.S. Department of Commerce",
      "abbr": "BIS",
      "name": "Bureau of Industry and Security"
    },
    {
      "org": "U.S. Department of State",
      "abbr": "DDTC",
      "name": "Directorate of Defense Trade Controls"
    },
    {
      "org": "U.S. Department of State",
      "abbr": "ISN",
      "name": "Bureau of International Security and Non-Proliferation"
    }
  ],
  "hit_count": 1
}

Attribute

Type

Description

id

string

Unique identifier for the object

object

string, value is "watchlist"

A definition of the type of object returned

lists

object[]

The details of any potential matches of that entity against the search list

hit_count

number

The number of watchlist hits found

The list object

Inside the watchlist object, many lists are found under the lists key. Each list, has the following attributes.

Attribute

Type

Description

abbr

string

The watchlist abbreviation/code (see table above)

title

string

The full name for the watchlist (see table above)

agency

string

The agency responsible for maintaining the watchlist (see table above)

agency_abbr

string

The agency's abbreviated name (see table above)

organization

string

The governing organization for the agency

results

object[]

Hits or results for the watchlist based on business name or officer name match

The result object

As mentioned above, results will be included with each watchlist. When hits are found, one or many result objects will be found in this collection. When no hits are found, the collection will be empty.

Attribute

Type

Description

id

string

Unique identifier for the object

object

string, value is watchlist_result

A definition of the type of object returned

listed_at

timestamp

When the result was listed

entity_name

string

The proper name for the entity matched

entity_aliases

string[]

A list of aliases for the person or business

agency_list_url

string

A short link to the agency's posting for the record

agency_information_url

string

A short link to the agency's information