Establishment of the Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is announcing the creation of and recruiting individuals for a technical advisory committee that will review and provide recommendations to the Department of Commerce on emerging technology and research issues. The Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee (ETRAC) will advise the Department and other agency officials on (i) identifying emerging technologies and research and development activities that may be of interest from a dual-use perspective; (ii) prioritizing new and existing controls to determine which are of greatest consequence to national security from a deemed export perspective; and (iii) addressing the implications of dual-use export control requirements on research activities.
Reporting on Offsets Agreements in Sales of Weapon Systems or Defense-Related Items to Foreign Countries or Foreign Firms for Calendar Year 2007
This notice is to remind the public that U.S. firms are required to report annually to the Department of Commerce (Commerce) on contracts for the sale of defense-related items or defense-related 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 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. Such reports must be submitted to Commerce no later than June 15, 2008.
Request for Public Comments on Deemed Export Advisory Committee Recommendations: Narrowing the Scope of Technologies on the Commerce Control List Subject to Deemed Export Licensing Requirements and Implementing a More Comprehensive Set of Criteria for Assessing Probable Country Affiliation for Foreign Nationals
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is publishing a notice of inquiry in order to elicit comments regarding two specific recommendations made by the Deemed Export Advisory Committee (DEAC) with respect to BIS's deemed export licensing policy. BIS is requesting comments on whether the scope of technologies on the Commerce Control List that are subject to deemed export licensing requirements should be narrowed, and if so, which technologies should be subject to deemed export licensing requirements. Additionally, BIS is seeking comments on whether a more comprehensive set of criteria should be used to assess country affiliation for foreign nationals with respect to deemed exports.
Technical Corrections to the Export Administration Regulations Based Upon a Systematic Review of the CCL; Correction
The Bureau of Industry and Security published a final rule in the Federal Register on April 18, 2008 (73 FR 21035), that amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to make various technical corrections and clarifications to the EAR as a result of a systematic review of the CCL. The amendments in that final rule included a revision to the ``Unit'' paragraph in the List of Items Controlled section of Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) 9A004. However, because of an inadvertent formatting error in a rule published on March 18, 1999 (64 FR 13338), the ``Related Controls'' paragraph in that CCL entry appeared to be a part of the ``Unit'' paragraph. This resulted in the inadvertent removal of the ``Related Controls'' paragraph in the List of Items Controlled section of that ECCN entry when the ``Unit'' paragraph was revised with the publication of the April 18, 2008, rule. Today's rule corrects that inadvertent removal by adding the ``Related Controls'' paragraph back into that ECCN entry.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Prior Notification of Exports Under License Exception Agriculture Commodities
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.