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…

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…

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…

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…

This is the second installment in a series of articles called The Automation Dilemma, which highlights some of the common “do’s and don’ts” of automating your company’s export compliance process. Be sure to read Article #1 (Restricted Parties List Screening), and keep checking back for future installments in this series. One of the key elements…

Here’s a quick test. Select a random employee and ask him or her: “What does ITAR stand for?” Do they remember? Do they stutter while answering? Or do they just give you a funny look and walk away? Of course, your employees need to know much more than this simple question. (But hey, I told…

Joseph Debose, 30, – a resident of North Carolina and former Staff Sergeant with a U.S. Special Forces National Guard Unit – faces up to 20 years imprisonment for the illegal export of firearms to China. The government has charged Debose with making multiple shipments of semiautomatic handguns, rifles and shotguns to customers in China….

What is considered ITAR? Historically, the answer to that question has been very far-reaching and intentionally broad – encompassing a wide array of end items, sub-assemblies, components, materials and services. However, a recent proposed rule by the DDTC (and a concurrent rule from BIS), is proposing to change all that. If made final, this new…

Yesterday it was announced that United Technologies (UTC) and two of its subsidiaries – Pratt & Whitney Canada and Hamilton Sundstrand – have entered into a consent agreement with the U.S. Department of State. The companies will pay $75 million in ITAR violation penalties, to settle a total of 576 separate charges alleging wrongdoing. According…