Category: ITAR

I’ve talked with a lot of people over the years who are interested in hiring a consultant to help improve their company’s export compliance. Many of the questions asked during these discussions are the same – tactical questions about project scope, deliverables, timing, invoicing and more. Although it’s certainly important to discuss these issues, I...

Since the release of the recent Export Control Reform changes to USML Category VIII (Aircraft and Related Articles) under the ITAR, a lot of companies are wondering how the changes affect them. Even if you are not in the aerospace industry, but are still involved in the manufacture of defense articles or providing defense services,...

The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has launched two new, online tools to help manufacturers and exporters begin to apply some of the recent changes under the export control reform initiative. These tools can be useful as your company prepares for the final rules to take effect this October. Each tool utilizes a...

Last week, DDTC released a proposed charging letter and subsequent consent agreement, alleging 125 charges of ITAR violations against Raytheon Company and its subsidiaries. The documents provide some interesting reading for export compliance officers and corporate counsel who are interested in avoiding similar ITAR compliance problems for their companies. Although the alleged Raytheon ITAR violations...

Last week, President Obama’s Export Control Reform (ECR) efforts took a big step forward with a final published rule that, once implemented, will begin moving items and technologies from ITAR to EAR controls. The first categories of USML items affected by this rule are: Category VIII (Aircraft and Related Articles), Category XVII (Classified Articles), and...

A former employee of L-3 Communications’ Space and Navigation Division was recently sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for exporting U.S. technology to China. Sixing Liu, 49, (aka “Steve Liu”) of Flanders, New Jersey, was convicted on nine counts, which range from lying to federal agents to six counts of International Traffic in Arms...

Last week, we attended the annual Partnering for Compliance conference in Orlando. Among the many excellent U.S. government speakers in attendance was Glenn Smith, Chief of DDTC’s Enforcement Division. Mr. Smith and his team are well known by any company which has run into trouble with the ITAR and faced any kind of investigation or...

Recent stories here and here (and just about everywhere else) are pointing to an ongoing investigation, recently trumpeted by two Congressmen, which claims that NASA may have been involved in illegal exports of sensitive technologies to China. The basic allegations of the investigation are that individuals from NASA’s AMES Research Center conducted illegal transfers of...

A recent story in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune describes a raid conducted by law enforcement agents of a local warehouse owned by a multimillion-dollar package forwarding company named MyUS.com. The article provides few details on the raid, other than to say this is part of an active investigation related to “export enforcement.” It also quotes the...

While most of us were sipping egg nog and wrapping presents last month, Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 (NDAA). Included with this legislation was the authorization for President Obama to begin easing export controls on certain commercial communications satellites – namely, by moving those satellites from ITAR control on the United...