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November 2014

Features

New "Unverified List" an Improvement, but Screening Challenges Remain
The new Unverified List helps the government track the sale of sensitive U.S.-origin goods to questionable end-users, but several risky entities on the old list have been removed entirely from any screening list, write Matthew Godsey and Valerie Lincy.
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Focus on Enforcement

Alabama Company Settles Charges of Violating BIS Antiboycott Rules
A Birmingham Ala., manufacturer agreed to pay the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) a $7,000 civil penalty Sept. 29, 2014, to settle five...
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Belgian Subsidiary of Texas Oil Company Settles Charges of Exporting Equipment to Syria
A Belgian subsidiary of National Oilwell Varco (NOV) will pay $1.6 million to settle charges of violating U.S. export law by shipping oil...
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Dallas Businessmen Plead Guilty, Settle Charges for Iran Computer Exports
Two Dallas businessmen pleaded guilty Oct. 16, 2014, in Dallas U.S. District Court to reduced charges of making a false statement to a federal...
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Former Defense Contractor Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Night-Vision Exports
A former defense contractor was sentenced to 78 months in prison for exporting military items to Japan without licenses between June 2006 and...
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Illinois Man Pleads Guilty to Exporting Carbon Fiber to Pakistan Without Licenses
The owner of an Illinois engineering firm pleaded guilty to exporting carbon fiber and microwave laminates to a blocked entity in Pakistan. Bilal...
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Intel Subsidiary Pays $750,000 for Software Exports Without Licenses
In a case of substantial mitigation for a voluntary disclosure, an Intel subsidiary agreed to pay a much-reduced civil penalty to settle charges of...
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Russian Citizen Sentenced to Time Served for Exports of Night-Vision Devices
A Russian citizen will get a round-trip ticket for violating U.S. export controls. Dmitry Ustinov, who was extradited to the U.S. from Lithuania...
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Taiwanese Man Pleads Guilty to Violating Restrictions on Designated Entities
Hsien Tai Tsai, a former resident of Taiwan, pleaded guilty Oct. 10, 2014, in Chicago U.S. District Court to conspiracy to violate U.S....
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Texas Drilling Company Settles SEC Charges of Bribing African Officials
Texas drilling and construction company Layne Christensen agreed Oct. 27, 2014, to pay the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) $5.1 million to...
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Trio of Florida Businesses Settle OFAC Charges of Insuring Blocked Entities
Three Florida insurance companies settled charges of violating Cuba and other sanctions by providing health insurance and other services to blocked...
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Inside BIS

BIS Reviewing EAR to Find "Stray" Country Groups Added over Decades, Wolf Says
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has launched a review of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to find places where the rules have...
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Display Technology Firms Caught in CJ Dispute as Commercial Uses Expand
Firms that make electronic display system used in viewfinders from camcorders and projectors to heads-up displays in cockpits on the F-35 Joint...
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ETRAC to Look for Outdated, Emerged Technology on Commerce Control List
The Bureau of Industry and Security's (BIS) Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee (ETRAC) is reviewing every Export Control...
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Wassenaar Agreement on New Repeatability Metric for Machine Tools Awaits Plenary Decision
An experts group meeting of Wassenaar Arrangement members in September apparently failed to reach consensus on a proposal to revise the control...
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Wolf Defends Developmental Research Language in Revised USML Categories
Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Assistant Secretary Kevin Wolf defended the developmental research restrictions being added to U.S. Munitions...
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Policy Briefs

Census Reports Improved Data Collection but Problems with Numbers for Canada, Mexico
The quality of U.S. trade statistics has improved due in part to the introduction of the Automated Export System (AES), but problems remain with...
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FCPA Definition Stands After Supreme Court Denies Appeal Petition
Among a slew of petitions for certiorari that the Supreme Court denied Oct. 6, 2014, without comment was one from two Florida men seeking to have...
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IBM's Sale of Microelectronics Unit to Global Foundries Will Get CFIUS Review
IBM's proposed sale of its Microelectronics OEM semiconductor business and manufacturing operations to Global Foundries, which is partly owned by...
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Judge Weighing Fokker DPA Settlement Still Not Ready to Approve Deal
D.C. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon is still debating whether to accept or reject the government's deferred prosecution agreement (DPA)...
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Justice Opposes Ralls' Sale of Project that Obama Blocked after CFIUS Review
Although President Obama issued an order blocking Ralls Corp.'s investment in an Oregon wind farm in 2012 for national security reasons after a...
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UN Arms Trade Treaty Reaches Ratification Milestone During General Assembly
Enough countries have ratified the United Nations (UN) Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to meet the requirements to bring the pact into force on Dec. 24,...
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Exporting from Europe

The EU: Catch-Up and Future Controls
By David Hayes* Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming. -- Samuel...
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Regulatory Briefs

Agencies Remain Divided on New Cybersecurity Controls Adopted by Wassenaar
An interagency decision on how to control cybersecurity and intrusion software, which was supposed to be issued in September, may be getting close...
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BIS Adds License Requirements on More Sensor Products
Citing foreign policy concerns, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) imposed new worldwide licensing requirements on products and technology...
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DDTC Updates ITAR Controls as Export Reform Effort Passes First Anniversary
As the first list transfers under Export Control Reform hit their first birthday, State used the anniversary to "streamline, simplify and clarify"...
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Europe Set to Publish Hundreds of Changes to Dual-Use Control Lists
After three years of meetings and agreements but no official update to its dual-use export control lists, the European Commission (EC), the...
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End Notes

END NOTES
SANCTIONS : OFAC Oct. 10, 2014, consolidated sanctions lists into one set of searchable data files. Consolidated list now includes Non-SDN...
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