On July 14, the P5 +1 countries (United States, United Kingdom, China, Russia, France and Germany) and Iran agreed on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to ensure that Iran’s nuclear program would be peaceful. As part of the agreement, the parties have agreed to sanctions relief which will come in phases and be based on successful implementation of nuclear commitments outlined in the deal.

If you missed the first BIS call-in programs regarding the changes in U.S. Foreign Policy towards Cuba, there are still three more opportunities to attend. BIS will host additional call-in programs on July 7, August 11 and September 8 at 2 p.m. EDT.

The New York branch office of the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) has agreed to pay $28,800 to settled alleged violations of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations. This stems from a series of funds transfers processed by the bank to an entity on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) List.

The topics of “improvement” and “reality” are hot in our culture. During my career, I have worked at a number of companies that embraced “continual improvement.” Unfortunately, in many cases, these efforts did not have the intended result. They didn’t change how we actually did things.