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Removal of Entity From the Entity List
Document Number: 2021-12751
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-06-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by removing one entity located under two entries from the Entity List under the destinations of France and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). These removals from the Entity List are made in connection with a request for removal that BIS received pursuant to the EAR and a review of information provided in the request.
Export Administration Regulations: Termination of United Arab Emirates Participation in the Arab League Boycott of Israel
Document Number: 2021-12125
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-06-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this final rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to reflect the formal termination by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of its participation in the Arab League Boycott of Israel. Specifically, in recognition of the UAE's August 16, 2020 issuance of Federal Decree-Law No. 4 of 2020, certain requests for information, action or agreement from the UAE, which were presumed to be boycott-related if made prior to August 16, 2020, would not be presumed to be boycott-related if made following that date, and thus would not be prohibited or reportable under the EAR. Accordingly, BIS adds an interpretation to the Restrictive Trade Practices or Boycotts regulations of the EAR, which sets forth BIS's view that the prohibitions and reporting requirements contained in the EAR's antiboycott provisions do not apply to such requests from the UAE made after August 16, 2020.
In the Matter of: Chris Rodriguez, 20 Liberty Drive, Thomasville, NC 27360; Order Denying Export Privileges
Document Number: 2021-11648
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Control of Firearms, Guns, Ammunition and Related Articles the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List (USML); Notifying the Public of the Transfer of Jurisdiction of Certain Technology and Software as a Result of a Vacated March 6, 2020 Injunction
Document Number: 2021-11585
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-06-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is publishing this notification to the public concerning the transfer of jurisdiction of certain ``software'' and ``technology'' as a result of action by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacating a March 6, 2020 preliminary injunction by the district court in Washington v. U.S. Dep't of State, No. 20-35391, 2021 WL 1621320, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 12448 (9th Cir. Apr. 27, 2021). Pursuant to that decision, issued on April 27, 2021, the mandate of the Ninth Circuit was issued on May 26, 2021 and district court's injunction was vacated. This notice also includes guidance to persons with technology or software that was previously retained on the U.S. Munitions List (USML) and controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) pursuant to the March 6 district court order, but which is now subject to the jurisdiction of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
In the Matter of: Behzad Pourghannad, NY11 AR Gandi, Tehran, Iran; Order Denying Export Privileges
Document Number: 2021-11431
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Addition of Entities, Revision of Entries, and Removal of Entity From the Entity List; and Revision of Entry and Removal of Entity From the Military End-User List (MEU)
Document Number: 2021-11304
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-06-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding eight entities to the Entity List. These eight entities have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. These entities will be listed on the Entity List under the destinations of Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This rule also revises two existing entries and corrects one existing entry on the Entity List under the destination of China and removes one entity from and revises one existing entry on the Military End-User (MEU) List under the destination of China. Lastly, this rule removes one entity under the destination of Pakistan. The removals from the Entity List and MEU List are made in connection with requests for removal that BIS received pursuant to the EAR and a review of information provided in those requests.
Order Renewing Order Temporarily Denying Export Privileges
Document Number: 2021-11194
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Reporting for Calendar Year 2020 on Offsets Agreements Related to Sales of Defense Articles or Defense Services to Foreign Countries or Foreign Firms
Document Number: 2021-11068
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
This notice is to remind the public that U.S. firms are required to report annually to the Department of Commerce (Commerce) information on contracts for the sale of defense articles or defense services to foreign countries or foreign firms that are subject to offsets agreements exceeding $5,000,000 in value. U.S. firms are also required to report annually to Commerce information on offsets transactions completed in performance of existing offsets commitments for which offsets credit of $250,000 or more has been claimed from the foreign representative. This year, such reports must include relevant information from calendar year 2020 and must be submitted to Commerce no later than June 15, 2021.
Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-10863
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Emerging Technology Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-09790
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-05-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Technical Advisory Committees; Notice of Recruitment of Members
Document Number: 2021-08818
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Department of Commerce is announcing its recruitment of candidates to serve on one of its seven Technical Advisory Committees (``TACs'' or ``Committees''). TAC members advise the Department of Commerce on the technical parameters for export controls applicable to dual-use items (commodities, software, and technology) and on the administration of those controls. The TACs are composed of representatives from industry, academia, and the U.S. Government and reflect diverse points of view on the concerns of the exporting community. Industry representatives are selected from firms producing a broad range of items currently controlled for national security, non-proliferation, foreign policy, and short supply reasons or that are proposed for such controls. Representation from the private sector is balanced to the extent possible among large and small firms. Six TACs are responsible for advising the Department of Commerce on the technical parameters for export controls and the administration of those controls within specified areas: Information Systems TAC: Control List Categories 3 (electronics), 4 (computers), and 5 (telecommunications and information security); Materials TAC: Control List Category 1 (materials, chemicals, microorganisms, and toxins); Materials Processing Equipment TAC: Control List Category 2 (materials processing); Sensors and Instrumentation TAC: Control List Category 6 (sensors and lasers); Transportation and Related Equipment TAC: Control List Categories 7 (navigation and avionics), 8 (marine), and 9 (propulsion systems, space vehicles, and related equipment); and the Emerging Technology TAC (identification of emerging and foundational technologies that may be developed over a period of five to ten years with potential dual-use applications). The seventh TAC, the Regulations and Procedures TAC, focuses on the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and procedures for implementing the EAR. TAC members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and serve terms of not more than four consecutive years. TAC members must obtain secret-level clearances prior to their appointment. These clearances are necessary so that members may be permitted access to classified information that may be needed to formulate recommendations to the Department of Commerce. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review materials and information on each Committee website, including the Committee's charter, to gain an understanding of each Committee's responsibilities, matters on which the Committee will provide recommendations, and expectations for members. Members of any of the seven TACs may not be registered as foreign agents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. No TAC member may represent a company that is majority owned or controlled by a foreign government entity (or foreign government entities). TAC members will not be compensated for their services or reimbursed for their travel expenses. If you are interested in becoming a TAC member, please provide the following information: 1. Name of applicant; 2. affirmation of U.S. citizenship; 3. organizational affiliation and title, as appropriate; 4. mailing address; 5. work telephone number; 6. email address; 7. summary of qualifications for membership; 8. an affirmative statement that the candidate will be able to meet the expected commitments of Committee work. Committee work includes: (a) Attending in-person/ teleconference Committee meetings roughly four times per year (lasting 1-2 days each); (b) undertaking additional work outside of full Committee meetings including subcommittee conference calls or meetings as needed, and (c) frequently drafting, preparing or commenting on proposed recommendations to be evaluated at Committee meetings. Finally, candidates must provide an affirmative statement that they meet all Committee eligibility requirements. The Department of Commerce is committed to equal opportunity in the workplace and seeks diverse Advisory Committee membership. To respond to this recruitment notice, please send a copy of your resume to Ms. Yvette Springer at Yvette.Springer@bis.doc.gov, by September 30, 2021.
Transportation and Related Equipment Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-08817
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Materials and Equipment Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-08816
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-07541
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-07538
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Addition of Entities to the Entity List
Document Number: 2021-07400
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-04-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding seven entities to the Entity List. These seven entities have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. These seven entities will be listed on the Entity List under the destination of the People's Republic of China (China).
Expansion of Certain End-Use and End-User Controls and Controls on Specific Activities of U.S. Persons; Corrections; and Burma Sanctions
Document Number: 2021-07357
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-04-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
On January 15, 2021, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published an interim final rule establishing end-use and end-user controls, as well as controls on specific activities of U.S. persons, with respect to certain military-intelligence end uses and end users. These new controls were made effective on March 16, 2021. In this interim final rule, BIS is making technical corrections and conforming changes to certain provisions of the Export Administration Regulations to address inadvertent errors introduced by the January 15, 2021 rule. This interim final rule also adds Burma to the list of countries subject to military-intelligence-related controls that were added by the prior rule. This action strengthens sanctions on Burma that were imposed on March 8, 2021 in response to a February 1, 2021 military coup.
Virtual Forum for Risks in the Semiconductor Manufacturing and Advanced Packaging Supply Chain
Document Number: 2021-06579
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued the Executive Order on ``America's Supply Chains,'' which directs several Federal agency actions to secure and strengthen America's supply chains. One of these directions is for the Secretary of Commerce to submit, within 100 days, a report to the President identifying risks in the semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging supply chains, and proposing policy recommendations to address these risks. Additionally, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 includes a title for ``Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America'' that mandates several Federal actions in securing the semiconductor- related supply chain. On March 15, 2021, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a notice of request for public comments, Risks in the Semiconductor Manufacturing and Advanced Packaging Supply Chain (March 15 notice). The March 15 notice requests written comments and information from the public to assist the Department of Commerce in preparing the report required by the Executive Order with written comments due by April 5, 2021. BIS is publishing today's notice to announce a virtual forum that will occur on April 8, 2021, that will allow participants to orally address the policy objectives listed in the Executive Order as they affect the U.S. semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging supply chains, including but not limited to the elements included in the March 15 notice. Today's notice sets forth the procedures for public participation in the virtual forum.
2021-06542
Document Number: 2021-06542
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Order Denying Export Privileges
Document Number: 2021-06532
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
2021-06530
Document Number: 2021-06530
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Order Denying Export Privileges
Document Number: 2021-06528
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Order Denying Export Privileges
Document Number: 2021-06515
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Export Administration Regulations: Implementation of Wassenaar Arrangement 2019 Plenary Decisions; Elimination of Reporting Requirements for Certain Encryption Items
Document Number: 2021-05481
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) maintains, as part of its Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the Commerce Control List (CCL), which identifies certain items subject to Department of Commerce jurisdiction. This final rule revises the CCL, as well as corresponding parts of the EAR, to implement changes to the Wassenaar Arrangement List of Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (WA List) that were decided upon by governments participating in the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (Wassenaar Arrangement, or WA) at the December 2019 WA Plenary meeting. The Wassenaar Arrangement advocates implementation of effective export controls on strategic items with the objective of improving regional and international security and stability. This rule harmonizes the CCL with the decisions reached at the 2019 Plenary meeting by revising Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) controlled for national security reasons in each category of the CCL. This rule also makes associated changes to the EAR as well as corrections. This rule also makes changes to various provisions related to Category 5Part 2 of the CCL in the EAR, including provisions on License Exception Encryption commodities, software, and technology (ENC). These changes, which include the elimination of reporting requirements for certain encryption items, are designed to reduce the regulatory burden for exporters while still fulfilling U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Competitive Enhancement Needs Assessment Survey Program
Document Number: 2021-05979
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Statement by Ultimate Consignee and Purchaser
Document Number: 2021-05978
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. This collection is necessary under Part 748.11 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Russia: Implementation of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) Sanctions
Document Number: 2021-05488
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Secretary of State, acting under authority delegated pursuant to Executive Order 12851, has determined pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals. The sanctions imposed on Russia in connection with this determination include a prohibition, subject to partial waiver, on the export to Russia of national security-controlled goods and technology subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Pursuant to the EAR, BIS already maintains controls on exports and reexports to Russia of national security-controlled ``items'' (commodities, software and technology) that are subject to the EAR. This document informs the public that, consistent with BIS's implementation of the CBW Act sanctions, certain license exceptions will be suspended for use with national security-controlled items destined for Russia, and most license applications for exports or reexports of national security- controlled items destined for Russia will be reviewed under a presumption of denial.
Expansion of Certain End-Use and End-User Controls and Controls on Specific Activities of U.S. Persons; Correction
Document Number: 2021-05623
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Department of Commerce, is correcting an interim final rule, ``Expansion of Certain End-Use and End-User Controls and Controls on Specific Activities of U.S. Persons,'' that appeared in the Federal Register of January 15, 2021 (hereinafter referred to as the January 15 rule) by revising an incorrect instruction that would have resulted in the inadvertent deletion of two subparagraphs of the Export Administration Regulations' (EAR) restrictions on certain rocket systems and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Risks in the Semiconductor Manufacturing and Advanced Packaging Supply Chain
Document Number: 2021-05353
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive order on ``America's Supply Chains,'' which directs several Federal agency actions to secure and strengthen America's supply chains. One of these directions is for the Secretary of Commerce (the Secretary) to submit, within 100 days, a report to the President identifying risks in the semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging supply chains, and proposing policy recommendations to address these risks. Additionally, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 (FY21 NDAA) includes a title for, ``Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America'' that mandates several Federal actions in securing the semiconductor-related supply chain. One of these requirements is for the Secretary to assess the capabilities of the U.S. microelectronics industrial base to support the national defense, in light of the global nature and interdependence of the supply chain with respect to manufacture, design, and end use. This notice requests comments and information from the public to assist the Department of Commerce (Commerce) in preparing the report required by the Executive order. After that report is completed, Commerce will assess whether additional information will be needed to conduct the assessment required by the FY21 NDAA.
In the Matter of: Alexander Brazhnikov, Jr., Respondent; Final Decision and Order
Document Number: 2021-05022
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Addition of Entities to the Entity List
Document Number: 2021-04794
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this final rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to further implement U.S. sanctions on selected Burmese government ministries and related enterprises. Specifically, BIS amends the EAR by adding four entities to the Entity List under the destination of Burma. These four entities have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. The actions in this rule support the United States Government's efforts to promote a return to democracy in Burma following the February 1, 2021 Burmese military coup. They also reflect the United States Government's goal of supporting the people of Burma by preventing Burma' military and security services from obtaining items subject to the EAR.
Burma: Implementation of Sanctions
Document Number: 2021-04745
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In response to the Burmese military coup that overthrew the democratically-elected government of Myanmar (Burma), in this final rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to apply more restrictive treatment to exports and reexports to, and transfers within, Burma of items subject to the EAR. This action advances the U.S. Government's efforts to reduce the availability of items to Burma's military and security services.
Addition of Certain Entities to the Entity List; Correction of Existing Entries on the Entity List
Document Number: 2021-04505
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
This final rule amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding fourteen entities to the Entity List. These fourteen entities have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. These fourteen entities will be listed on the Entity List under the destinations of Germany, Russia, and Switzerland. This rule also corrects six existing entries to the Entity List, one under the destination of Germany and the other five under the destination of China.
Emerging Technology Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-04434
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In the Matter of: Jesse Rodriguez, 2025 Dana Avenue #F6, Brownsville, TX 78521; Order Denying Export Privileges
Document Number: 2021-03824
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Materials and Equipment Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-03818
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Transportation and Related Equipment Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-03816
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2021-03684
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Burma: Implementation of Sanctions
Document Number: 2021-03350
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-02-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In response to the coup perpetrated by the Burmese military wresting control of the democratically-elected government of Burma, the United States Government is reviewing all available actions to hold the perpetrators of the coup responsible. The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is taking immediate action to limit exports and reexports of sensitive goods to Burma's military and security services. Effective immediately, BIS is adopting a more restrictive license application review policy of presumption of denial of items requiring a license for export and reexport to Burma's Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Home Affairs, armed forces, and security services. BIS is also suspending the use of certain license exceptions that would otherwise generally be available to Burma as a result of its current Country Group placement in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-03209
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security