The Census Bureau reports in its January 2017 “TradeSource” publication that work on a single export licensing system is underway. The Single Trade Application and Reporting System is being designed to replace the Directorate of Defense Trade Control’s DTRADE system, the Bureau of Industry and Security’s SNAP-R system, and the Office of Foreign Assets Controls’ OASIS system.
According to Census, an interagency working group was formed in March 2016 to begin working on the STARS requirements. This working group deployed the first deliverable of this initiative in June 2016 by standing up a single landing page designed for new exporters to obtain information on determining license requirements and acquiring license authorizations from the DDTC, BIS, and OFAC.
The next step – identifying the list of data elements to be required within STARS – began in June and is still underway. Census states that once this list is complete the working group will begin providing information on the data elements before having discussions on system requirements and design. To brainstorm ideas Census plans to form external working groups, one of which will be composed of industry representatives with demonstrated experience in the current license applications and another that will include service providers, software vendors, and information technology specialists.
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