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Welcome to the BIS Newsroom! Here you will find information on BIS' current activities, as well as historical records and speeches and testimony from BIS' senior management team members.

February 18, 2015

BIS and Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control publish rules revising controls on Sudan

BIS's rule makes Sudan an eligible destination for License Exception Consumer Communications Devices (CCD) and revises license application review policy for certain telecommunications items from a general policy of denial to one of case-by-case review. OFAC's rule amends the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations by adding a general license pertaining to certain software, hardware, and services incident to personal communications.
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OFAC Rule

February 18, 2015

BIS publishes rule revising the Entity List

This rule amends the Export Administration Regulations by revising the Entity List to add eleven persons under the destinations of People's Republic of China, Pakistan, and United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and remove one as the result of a request for removal submitted by the person and review conducted by the End-User Review Committee (ERC).
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January 29, 2015

BIS publishes rule: Revision to the Unverified List (UVL) 

This final rule amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding fourteen (14) persons, removing one person, and updating the addresses of other persons listed on the Unverified List (the ''Unverified List'' or UVL).

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January 29, 2015

BIS publishes rule: Russian Sanctions: Licensing Policy for the Crimea Region of Ukraine

BIS issues this final rule to amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to impose additional sanctions that implement U.S. policy toward Russia.

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January 23, 2015

BIS publishes rule: U.S.-India Bilateral Understanding: Additional Revisions to the U. S. Export and Reexport Controls Under the Export Administration Regulations 

In this rule, BIS amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to further implement the bilateral understanding between the United States and India announced by President Obama and India's Prime Minister Singh on November 8, 2010.

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January 16, 2015

BIS and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) publish rules: Cuba Rule 

On December 17, 2014, the President announced that the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in bilateral relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. The President explained that these steps build upon actions taken since 2009 that have been aimed at supporting the ability of the Cuban people to gain greater control over their own lives and determine their country's future. In these final rules, the Commerce and Treasury Departments are taking coordinated actions to implement this policy.

BIS Rule

OFAC Rule

December 23, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Corrections and Clarifications to the Export Administration Regulations

This final rule amends the Export Administration Regulations by correcting certain provisions of the EAR that were amended in past rulemakings appearing in the Federal Register between November 5, 2007 and October 14, 2014.

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December 23, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Clarification to Scope of Certain "600 series" Export Control Classification Numbers

This rule revises six Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) to clarify that they do not control certain basic parts, components, accessories and attachments because those basic parts, components, accessories and attachments are controlled in a new ECCN created by a rule published on July 1, 2014 to be effective on December 30, 2014. This rule also removes controls on certain monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifiers and discrete microwave transistors and related technology.

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December 23, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Revision to the Export Administration Regulations: Controls on Electronic Commodities; Exports and Reexports to Hong Kong

This rule amends the Export Administration Regulations to expand controls for national security reasons and responds to public comments solicited by a BIS notice of inquiry regarding the proper export control classification of certain electronic commodities and a type of radar. This rule also expands license requirements for exports and reexports to Hong Kong of items controlled for national security reasons.

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December 17, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Expansion of the Microprocessor Military End-Use and End-User Control

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This rule expands the scope of § 744.17 of the Export Administration Regulations. In addition to the license requirements set forth elsewhere in the EAR, you may not export, reexport or transfer (in-country) microprocessors, or associated "software" and "technology" for the "production" or "development" of such microprocessors without a license if, at the time of the export, reexport or transfer (in-country), you know, have reason to know, or are informed by BIS that the item will be or is intended to be used for a 'military end use' or 'military end user,' in a destination listed in Country Group D:1. In addition, this rule adds a prohibition on the use of license exceptions (including License Exception ENC) for transactions meeting these criteria.

December 1, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Amendments to Existing Validated End-User Authorization in the People’s Republic of China: Lam Research Service Co., Ltd.

In this rule, BIS amends the Export Administration Regulations to revise the existing authorization for Validated End User (VEU) Lam Research Service Co., Ltd. (Lam) in the People's Republic of China (PRC).

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December 1, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Updated Statements of Legal Authority for the Export Administration Regulations

This rule revises the authority citation paragraphs for the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). This is a purely procedural rule that does not alter any right, obligation or prohibition that applies to any person under the EAR.

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November 12, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Clarifications and Corrections to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Control of Spacecraft Systems and Related Items the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List (USML)

This final rule makes clarifications and corrections to the interim final rule, Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Control of Spacecraft Systems and Related Items the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List (USML), that was published on May 13, 2014 (79 FR 27417).

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October 14, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Venezuela: Implementation of Certain Military End Uses and End Users License Requirements under the Export Administration Regulations

In response to the Venezuelan military's violent repression of the Venezuelan people, BIS amends the Export Administration Regulations in this final rule to impose license requirements on the export, reexport, or transfer (in-country) of certain items to or within Venezuela when intended for a military end use or end user.

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October 14, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Revisions to the Commerce Control List: Imposition of Controls on Integrated Circuits, Helicopter Landing System Radars, Seismic Detection Systems, and Technology for IR Up-Conversion Devices

In this interim final rule, BIS amends the Export Administration Regulations to impose foreign policy controls on read-out integrated circuits and related "software" and "technology," radar for helicopter autonomous landing systems, seismic intrusion detection systems and related "software" and "technology", and "technology" "required" for the "development" or "production" of specified infrared up-conversion devices. The Departments of Commerce, State and Defense have determined that the items described in this rule have civilian applications but also warrant immediate controls under the EAR because of their potential military applications.

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October 1, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Request for Public Comment on the Recordkeeping Requirements of the Export Administration Regulations

BIS is seeking public comment on the recordkeeping requirements of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

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September 18, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Addition and Modification of Certain Persons on the Entity List; and Removal of Certain Persons from the Entity List

This rule amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding twenty-eight persons under thirty-four entries to the Entity List. The twenty-eight persons who are added to the Entity List have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.

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September 17, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Russian Sanctions: Addition of Persons to the Entity List and Restrictions on Certain Military End Uses and Military End Users

This final rule amends the Export Administration Regulations to impose additional sanctions implementing U.S. policy toward Russia.

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September 8, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Notice of Foreign Availability Assessment: Anisotropic Plasma Dry Etching Equipment. This notice announces that BIS is initiating a foreign availability assessment pursuant to section 5(f) of the Export Administration Act of 1979, as amended. BIS is also seeking public comments on the foreign availability of this equipment in China.

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September 5, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Implementation of Understandings Reached at the 2005, 2012, and 2013 Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Plenary Meetings and a 2009 NSG Intersessional Decision; Additions to the List of NSG Participating Countries; Correction.

This final rule corrects certain errors in the August 7, 2014, Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Plenary final rule (79 FR 46316).

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August 18, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Corrections and Clarifications to the Export Administration Regulations; Correction

This final rule make corrections to certain provisions of the Export Administration Regulations that were amended by two final rules appearing in the Federal Register on June 5, 2014 (79 FR 32612) and on May 13, 2014 (79 FR 27417).

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August 7, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Implementation of Understandings Reached at the 2005, 2012, and 2013 Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Plenary Meetings and a 2009 NSG Intersessional Decision; Additions to the List of NSG Participating Countries

This rule amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to implement the understandings reached at the 2005, 2012 and 2013 Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Plenary meetings.

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August 6,2014

BIS publishes rule: Russian Oil Industry Sanctions and Addition of Person to the Entity List

In this rule, BIS amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding United Shipbuilding Corporation to the Entity List. United Shipbuilding Corporation is a Russian state-owned company that manufactures, among other things, ordnance and accessories, and is engaged in shipbuilding, repair, and maintenance. This rule also imposes controls on certain items for use in Russia’s energy sector intended for energy exploration or production from deepwater (greater than 500 feet), Arctic offshore, or shale projects.

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August 4, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Wassenaar Arrangement 2013 Plenary Agreements Implementation: Commerce Control List, Definitions, and Reports; and Extension of Fly-by-Wire Technology and Software Controls

This final rule revises the CCL to implement changes made to the Wassenaar Arrangement’s List of Dual-Use Goods and Technologies maintained and agreed to by governments participating in the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (WA) at the December 2013 WA Plenary Meeting. This rule also extends the controls on specified fly-by-wire source code software and technology until June 20, 2015, as BIS continues to negotiate for multilateral controls for this software and technology. This rule also removes the "X" under NS:2 and RS:2 for Mexico on the Commerce Country Chart, because of its recent membership in multiple multilateral export control regimes.

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August 4,2014

BIS publishes rule: Technical Amendments to the Export Administration Regulations: Update of Export Control Classification Number 0Y521 Series Supplement - Biosensor Systems and Related Software and Technology

In this rule, BIS amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by removing certain entries from the Supplement No. 5 to part 774 that identifies those items subject to the EAR that are not listed elsewhere in the Commerce Control List (CCL), but which the Department of Commerce, with the concurrence of the Departments of Defense and State, has determined should be controlled for export for foreign policy reasons or because the items provide a significant military or intelligence advantage to the United States.

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August 1, 2014

BIS publishes rule: Addition of Certain Persons to the Entity List

This rule amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding sixteen persons under nineteen entries to the Entity List. The persons who are added to the Entity List have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.

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July 22, 2014
BIS publishes Rule: Addition of Certain Persons to the Entity List
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July 17, 2014
BIS publishes Rule: Addition of Certain Persons to the Entity List (Crimea (Occupied), Russia, and Ukraine)
BIS Rule

July 16, 2014
Commerce Department Announces Further Expansion of Export Restrictions on Russia
Press Release

July 1, 2014
BIS publishes Rule: Request for Comments: Civil Uses of Certain Microwave Monolithic Integrated Circuit (MMIC) Power Amplifiers, Discrete Microwave Transistors and Bi-Static and Multi-Static Radar.
BIS Rule

July 1, 2014
BIS publishes Rule:Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Control of Military Electronic Equipment and Other Items the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List (USML). 
BIS Rule | State Rule

June 19, 2014
Texas Woman Admits Illegally Exporting Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights, Sentenced To Prison
Press Release

June 16, 2014
BIS publishes Rule: Amendments to Existing Validated End-User Authorizations in the People’s Republic of China: Samsung China Semiconductor Co. Ltd and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation; Correction
BIS Rule

June 16, 2014
BIS publishes Rule: Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Addition of Certain Persons to the Unverified List (UVL) and Making a Correction
BIS Rule

May 29, 2014
BIS publishes Rule: Amendments to Existing Validated End-User Authorizations in the People’s Republic of China: Samsung China Semiconductor Co. Ltd and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation.
BIS Rule

May 20, 2014
U.A.E. Freight Forwarder Agrees to Pay $125,000 Penalty in Connection with Export and Reexport of Monitoring Devices to Syria
Press Release

May 13, 2014
Commerce Department to License Export of Satellites; Move is Key Component of Export Control Reform Initiative
Press Release

April 29, 2014
U.S. Commerce Department Adds Nine Persons Associated with Missile Proliferator to Entity List
Press Release

April 23, 2014
Schuylkill County Firm and Chief Officer Charged with Shipping Machinery to Iran in Violation of U.S. Export License Requirements
Press Release

February 24, 2014
Bureau of Industry and Security Fines California Company for Illegal Export of Technology to Russian Engineer
Press Release

January 21, 2014
Former Connecticut Resident Indicted for Attempting to Ship Sensitive Military Documents to Iran
Press Release

January 17, 2014
Pennsylvania Company Settles with Commerce Dept. for Charges of Illegal Exports
Press Release

January 3, 2014
Temporary Denial Order Issued for Re-Export of U.S.-Origin Aircraft Engines to Iran
Denial Order

December 10, 2013
Chinese National Sentenced to 57 Months Incarceration for Attempting to Illegally Export Aerospace-Grade Carbon Fiber
Press Release

November 26, 2013
New York Man Sentenced In Manhattan Federal Court To Three Months In Prison For Exporting High-Grade Carbon Fiber To China
Press Release

October 4, 2013
BIS publishes Rule: Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) To Make the Commerce Control List (CCL) Clearer
BIS Rule

October 3, 2013
BIS publishes Rule: Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations: Initial Implementation of Export Control Reform; Correction
BIS Rule

September 11, 2013
BIS publishes Proposed Rule: Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Unverified List (UVL)
BIS Rule | Public Comments

September 6, 2013
BIS publishes Rule: Addition and Revision to the List of Validated End-Users in the People’s Republic of China
BIS Rule

July 23, 2013
BIS publishes Rule: Amendments to the Export Administration Regulations: Implementation of Limited Syria Waiver for Reconstruction Assistance
BIS Rule

July 16, 2013
BIS publishes Rule:Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations Based on the 2012 Missile Technology Control Regime Plenary Agreements
BIS Rule

BIS posts public comments received for the proposed rule: Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Control of Spacecraft Systems and Related Items the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List (USML). The comment period closed July 8, 2013.
Public Comments

July 10, 2013
BIS publishes Rule: Additions to the List of Validated End-Users in the People's Republic of China: Samsung China Semiconductor Co. Ltd. and Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment, Inc., China
BIS Rule

June 12, 2013
Bureau of Industry and Security Announces SYRIA: Additional Items Eligible for Export/Reexport under License

June 5, 2013
BIS publishes Rule:Implementation of the Understandings Reached at the 2012 Australia Group (AG) Plenary Meeting and the 2012 AG Intersessional Decisions; Changes to Select Agent Controls.
BIS Rule

June 3, 2013
BIS publishes rule:Addition, Removals, and Revisions to the List of Validated End-Users in the People's Republic of China
BIS Rule

May 24, 2013
BIS publishes proposed rule: Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Control of Spacecraft Systems and Related Items the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List (USML).
iconBIS Proposed Rule icon State Proposed Rule

May 6, 2013
Taiwanese Father and Son Arrested for Allegedly Violating US Laws to Prevent Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
DOJ Press Release |  Alex Tsai Complaint | Gary Tsai Complaint 

April 25, 2013
Bureau of Industry and Security Announces $2.8 Million Civil Settlement with Computerlinks FZCO for Charges Related to Unlawful Exporting of Technology to Syria
Press Release | Computerlinks Order

April 19, 2013
BIS publishes a Final Rule: Amendments to Existing Validated End-User Authorizations: CSMC Technologies Corporation in the People’s Republic of China (PRC)
Final Rule

March 1, 2013
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration Kevin J. Wolf visits Bern

Departments of Commerce and State publish final rules: Initial Implementation of Export Control Reform. Both rules become effective October 15, 2013.
Commerce Rule
State Rule

March 28, 2013
BIS publishes a Final Rule: Amendment to the Export Administration Regulations: List of Items Classified Under Export Control Classification 0Y521 Series – Biosensor Systems
Final Rule

March 20, 2013
BIS posts public comments received on proposed rule to add to the Commerce Control List articles the President determines no longer warrant control under the United States Munitions List (USML) that are related to launch vehicles, missiles, rockets, torpedoes, bombs, mines, and other military explosive devices enumerated in USML Category IV.
Public Comments

BIS publishes a Final Rule:
Addition of Certain Persons to the Entity List; Removal of Person From the Entity List Based on Removal Request; Implementation of Entity List Annual Review Changes
Final Rule

March 8, 2013
BIS publishes a Final Rule: Addition of Certain Persons to the Entity List
Final Rule

February 28, 2013
BIS publishes a Final Rule: Editorial Corrections to the Export Administration Regulations
Final Rule

February 6, 2013
The weekly teleconference on the Export Control Reform (ECR) conducted by Assistant Secretary for Export Administration Kevin Wolf, will not be held on February 27, 2013. The teleconferences will resume March 6, 2013 at the regular time of 2:30 EST. The dial-in number is 1-888-455-8218 and the passcode is 6514196. Please send questions on any ECR topic to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

January 31, 2013
BIS and State Department publish proposed rules addressing articles that the President determines no longer warrant control under Category IV (Launch Vehicles) on the United States Munitions List. The public comment period for both rules closes on March 18, 2013.
 BIS Proposed Rule | State Proposed Rule

January 29, 2013
BIS posts public comments received for the Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR): Control of Military Electronic Equipment and Related Items the President Determines No Longer Warrant Control Under the United States Munitions List. Comment period closed January 28, 2013. 
Public Comments

January 29, 2013
BIS posts public comments received for the Proposed Revisions to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) To Make the Commerce Control List (CCL) Clearer. Comment period closed January 28, 2013 
Public Comments

January 17, 2013
Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Export Violations
DOJ Press Release | Statement from Under Secretary of Commerce Hirschhorn

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