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1 Export Control Laws Training Presentation FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 1

2 Why Be Concerned with Export Control Laws Certain export control laws may apply to FIT research activities here and abroad. Failure to comply may result in serious criminal and civil penalties for both FIT and individual researchers Federal Government has increased enforcement and investigations of universities since 9/11/2001 2

3 What are Export Control Laws Export control laws (ECL) are U.S. federal laws and regulations that regulate the export of strategically important products, services and technologies to foreign persons. 3

4 Who/What Is A Foreign Person Any foreign government; Any foreign corporation or organization that is not incorporated or organized to do business in the U.S.; Any individual who is not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (green card holder) 4

5 What is an Export Transfer of controlled technology, information, equipment, software or services to a foreign person in the U.S. or abroad by any means. For example: actual shipment outside the US visual inspection in or outside the US written or oral disclosure 5

6 Recognize Potential Export Control Issue Seek Guidance Export control laws are not intuitively obvious. All FIT researchers are ultimately responsible for their own individual compliance. At a minimum, researchers need to know how to recognize that an export control issue may exist, and then whom to contact at FIT for assistance. 6

7 Recognize Potential Export Control Issue Seek Guidance This presentation is a summary designed to provide sufficient information for researchers to be able to spot export control issues. Contact information for FIT export control experts and links to online resources appears at the end of this presentation. 7

8 The Intent of Export Control Laws Restrict exports of goods and technology that could contribute to the military potential of adversaries Prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, biological, chemical) Prevent terrorism Comply with U.S. trade agreements and trade sanctions against other nations 8

9 Export Control Laws and Their Federal Agencies State Department: International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Commerce Department: Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). 9

10 International Traffic in Arms Regulations ITAR Covers controlled technologies of an inherently military nature Exporters of defense services or related technical data are required to register with the federal government and may need export licenses. List of ITAR controlled technologies ( Munitions Control List ) is available through the Research Dept. 10

11 ITAR s MCL includes equipment with potential Non-Military Applications Example 1: Vaccines, antidotes and medical diagnostics specifically designed to protect against or counter chemical and biological warfare agents Example 2: Powerful explosives, propellants and incendiary agents (including, e.g., propellants having a force constant of more than 1,200 kj/kg) 11

12 ITAR s MCL Includes Equipment With Potential Non-Military Applications Example 3: Global Positioning System (GPS) that can operate at speeds in excess of 515 m/sec (1,000 nautical miles/hours) and at altitudes in excess of 18 km (60,000 feet) or designed or modified for use with unmanned air vehicles 12

13 Technical Data Regulated By ITAR Technical Data -- information required for the design, development, production, manufacturing, assembly, operation, repair, testing, maintenance or modifications of defense articles on the MCL -- are regulated by ITAR. Examples of Technical Data: Blueprints, drawings, plans, instructions, diagrams, photographs. 13

14 Technical Data Regulated By ITAR Technical Data Exclusion: Technical Data does not include information concerning general scientific, mathematical or engineering principles commonly taught at universities or information in the public domain. 14

15 Export Administration Regulations (EAR) EAR covers equipment, materials and other technologies with both commercial and military applications, the so called dual use technologies. (e.g., chemicals, satellites, software, computers, etc.) EAR s list of controlled technologies is called the Commodity Control List (CCL) and is available through the Research Department 15

16 Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Regulations OFAC enforces economic and trade sanctions against specific foreign countries, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, and those engaged in weapons of mass destruction proliferation. Countries currently sanctioned are the Balkans, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Zimbabwe. 16

17 Sanctions Enforced By OFAC Sanctions may restrict: Payments (compensation, honoraria, contracts) to embargoed countries/nationals/entities Attendance at/planning of international conferences Surveys and services to embargoed countries/nationals/entities Editing or joint authorship of articles with nationals of sanctioned countries 17

18 OFAC Enforces Country-Specific Sanctions Programs Before traveling to a sanctioned country, or trading with or providing services to persons in sanctioned countries, individuals must first educate themselves on the specific sanctions program for that country to determine whether such transactions are permitted. OFAC s website contains up-to-date information on each of the sanctions programs 18

19 Potential Impact of Export Control Laws on FIT Research If a FIT research project involves controlled technologies, the researcher may be required to obtain a government license before: Equipment, chemicals or technologies subject to EAR or ITAR may be sent or taken outside the U.S. Foreign researchers or students even if located in the U.S. on FIT s campus may participate in research involving equipment, chemicals or technologies subject to EAR or ITAR (known as a deemed export ) 19

20 General Rule General Rule: FIT faculty and employees may not send or take export-controlled equipment, chemicals or technologies to foreign persons without a license from the U.S. Government, unless an exclusion applies. Fortunately, the majority of research at FIT will be covered under an exclusion to the ECL requirements. What are the exclusions? 20

21 Exclusions from Export Control Laws Public Domain Exclusion (ITAR, EAR) Education Exclusion (ITAR, EAR) Employment Exclusion (ITAR only) Fundamental Research Exclusion (ITAR, EAR) 21

22 Public Domain Exclusion No license is required to export or transfer information and research results that are generally available to the interested public through: Libraries, bookstores, or newsstands, Trade shows, meetings, seminars in the U.S. open to the public, Published in certain patent applications, or Websites accessible to the public. Note: the public domain exclusion applies to information and research results -- not physical equipment, substances, etc. 22

23 Education Exclusion No license is required to transfer information to students, including students who are foreign nationals, concerning general scientific, mathematical or engineering principles commonly taught in school, colleges or universities. 23

24 Employment Exclusion No license is required to share information subject to export control laws with a foreign national if the foreign national: is a full-time, bona-fide employee of the University; is not a national of certain countries of concern; has a permanent address in the U.S. while employed at the University; and has been informed in writing not to transfer the information to other foreign nationals. 24

25 Fundamental Research Exclusion No license is required for fundamental research, defined as basic or applied research in science or engineering at an accredited institution of higher learning in the U.S.; and resulting information is ordinarily published and shared broadly in the scientific community. Fundamental research is to be distinguished from research the results of which are restricted for proprietary reasons. 25

26 The Fundamental Research Exclusion Is Destroyed if: The University accepts any contract clause in the sponsored research contract that: Gives the sponsor the right to withhold from publication information resulting from the research; Forbids the participation of foreign nationals; or Otherwise operates to restrict participation in research and/or access to and disclosure of research results. 26

27 University Policy is to Protect Fundamental Research Exclusion By refusing to accept research contract provisions that: limit the researcher s right to publish or present research results (a limited prepublication review by sponsor is ok); or limit access or participation in the research by foreign nationals. 27

28 Applying for and Obtaining an Export Control License The process of determining if a license is required takes time. After applying for a license, it can take several months to obtain a license from the Commerce or State Department. Contact FIT s Research Department with as much lead time as possible for help. 28

29 Laptop Baggage Exception for Temporary Export Faculty and students who need to take their laptops out of the country in connection with university fundamental research may do so under the baggage exception for temporary export so long as: the country of travel is not under U.S. sanctions; the laptop is a "tool of trade ; and the laptop remains in their possession and control at all times. 29

30 University Contact for Export Control Questions and Assistance: John P. Politano Jr Assistant Vice President for Research Director, Office of Sponsored Programs Phone: Address: Crawford Bldg, room 505 Additional FIT Export Control Information located at: 30

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