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Voluntary Disclosures, Export Control Reform Among Topics at Defense Trade Group Meeting

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
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The State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group will meet in open session Oct. 29 in Washington, D.C. The following topics will be discussed.

- Trade compliance process: review of the current voluntary disclosure process and recommendations for possible improvements or changes (including analysis of how to address administrative voluntary disclosures as distinguished from other types) while ensuring that foreign policy and national security interests are met

- Cyber products: review of cyber products and recommendations for which, if any, should be included on the U.S. Munitions List, as well as the potential impact on cyber products resulting from such export controls

- DTAG structure and operations: examination of whether DTAG could function similar to the Commerce Department’s technical advisory committees, how DTAG could interface with such TACs, and whether the departments of State, Commerce and Defense should establish an interagency defense trade advisory group

- Export Control Reform status: report on U.S. industry views regarding licensing flexibilities and efficiencies (including the availability of license exception STA (strategic trade authorization)), unintended consequences, and areas of potential improvement resulting from the transfer of certain items from the USML to the Commerce Control List

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