Update 2016

October 31-November 2, 2016

Washington, D.C.

Program Summary

(Subject to Change)

Plenaries:

Monday, October 31

Welcome and Opening Remarks

 

Lunch Keynote Speaker

 

Tuesday, November 1

Interagency Panel

Lunch Keynote Speaker

Export Enforcement Panel

Breakout Sessions:

Monday, October 31 - Tuesday, November 1

Anatomy of an Investigation

The Office of Export Enforcement will take you through a full criminal investigation. We will bring you from case inception and development all the way through prosecution and final disposition. This forum will allow exporters to see and understand the complexities and differences between a crime and an administrative violation.

Moderator: Douglas Hassebrock, Director, Office of Export Enforcement, BIS

Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) for Exports

This panel will discuss the changes already deployed and those planned for the Automated Export System (AES) now that AES has moved over to the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) export "single window" platform as part of the International Trade Data System (ITDS). Representatives from BIS, Census, CBP, and DDTC will discuss changes that will assist in improving the facilitation of the export clearance process.

Moderator: Gerard Horner, Director, Office of Technology Evaluation, BIS

End User Verifications and Best Practices for U.S. Exporters: Hong Kong, China, Singapore

BIS Regional Export Control Officers (ECOs) stationed in Hong Kong, China, and Singapore will provide their regional compliance perspectives to prevent unauthorized exports, including best practices for exporters shipping to and through Southeast Asia. ECOs are BIS Special Agents that join the Foreign Commercial Service as diplomats on limited appointments, and play a unique and critical role in determining compliance with U.S. export controls. ECOs will provide insight into foreign export control practices in host and select regional countries, U.S. Government resources available through the Foreign Commercial Service and U.S. Embassies to facilitate exports, and lessons learned from BIS end-use checks in verifying the bona fides of companies abroad. Additionally, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate for Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) will provide an overview of the Blue Lantern end-use monitoring program.

Moderator: Kevin Kurland, Director, Office of Enforcement Analysis, BIS

End User Verifications and Compliance Best Practices for US Exporters: Germany (Russia focus), India, UAE

BIS Regional Export Control Officers (ECOs) stationed in Germany, India, and the United Arab Emirates will provide their regional compliance perspectives to prevent unauthorized exports (e.g., to Russia, Pakistan, Iran, and ISIL-controlled territories), including best practices for exporters shipping to Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia. ECOs are BIS Special Agents that join the Foreign Commercial Service as diplomats on limited appointments, and play a unique and critical role in determining compliance with U.S. export controls. ECOs will provide insight into foreign export control practices in host and select regional countries, U.S. Government resources available through the Foreign Commercial Service and U.S. Embassies to facilitate exports, and lessons learned from BIS end-use checks in verifying the bona fides of companies abroad. Additionally, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate for Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) will provide an overview of the Blue Lantern end-use monitoring program.

Moderator: Kevin Kurland, Director, Office of Enforcement Analysis, BIS

Foreign Policy Controls

Interagency representatives from BIS and the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will discuss export licensing policy with regard to countries, entities, and individuals subject to sanctions and special controls. Panel members will provide an overview of recent changes to licensing policy and answer questions.

Moderator: Anthony Christino III, Director, Foreign Policy Division, BIS

How to Submit a "600 Series" License

This panel will give an in-depth review on the best practices in preparing your 600 series license application to avoid unnecessary delays."

Moderator: Elena Love, Acting Director, Munitions Control Division, BIS

Licensing: Back to Basics

This session will examine the license application, license review and license issuance processes (e.g., the importance of the Letter of Explanation (LOE), interagency reviewers, license conditions, etc.). Questions addressed will include: What makes a good application? How do you craft an LOE so as to avoid unnecessary conditions? What should you expect during the process? What conditions may be imposed? What happens after approval, denial?

Moderator: Kelly Gardner, Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls, BIS

"Must See TV for every Export Compliance Manager!"

Every compliance manager faces the challenges of identifying risks and red flags. Come see the first run of the FBI's Counterproliferation movie, "Made in America." Based on a true story, "Made in America" highlights the importance of coordination between sales and compliance staff, and the even more critical next step – contacting law enforcement as soon as you identify suspicious transactions. Following the movie, representatives from the FBI, OEE and OEXS's Compliance Division will share their thoughts on the themes and lessons from the movie.

Moderator: Thomas Andrukonis, Director, Export Management and Compliance Division, BIS

An Overview of the Israeli Export Control System

The Deputy Director of Israel's Defense Export Control Agency (DECA) will speak about the Israeli export control system, including an overview of DECA and its organizational units, Israeli export control policies, and points which U.S. exporters may wish to learn about Israeli exports.

Moderator: Michael Vaccaro, Director, Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security, BIS

Proscribed Party Screening and the Entity List – Due Diligence and Frequently Asked Questions

Representatives from BIS will demonstrate the Consolidated Screening List and address how to determine if Entity List license requirements apply to particular non-U.S. persons, such as subsidiaries and affiliates of listed entities. The panel also will address due diligence for exporters considering engaging in transactions with such entities and the most frequently-asked questions BIS receives pertaining to the Entity List.

Moderator: Joseph Cristofaro, Chair, End User Review Committee, BIS

Regulatory Review

In this session, the staff of BIS’s Regulatory Policy Division will review the regulations that have been published over the past year, including EAR revisions made to reflect changes in the multilateral regime controls of the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Australia Group, and the Missile Technology Control Regime.

Moderator: Hillary Hess, Director, Regulatory Policy Division, BIS

Revealed: the Mysteries of the Commodity Jurisdiction Process

Ever wonder about what happens after you submit a commodity jurisdiction (CJ) request to the Department of State? This session, led by the interagency leadership and staff with primary responsibility for administering the CJ process, will provide a detailed overview of the USG process. It will include a mock session of the meetings at which CJs in interagency dispute are discussed and tips to help ensure that your submission flows smoothly through the system.

Moderator: Matthew S. Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration, BIS

State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls: Developments and Trends in Defense Trade Control

Department of State Policy, Licensing, and Compliance officials have been invited to discuss developments related to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, including implementing Export Control Reform.

Moderator: Anthony (Tony) Dearth, Director of Licensing, DDTC, State

Successful Commodity Classification Requests

Experts from all three of BIS's licensing offices will discuss the essential elements of a complete commodity classification (CCAT) request as well as providing insights into the factors that can cause delays in the processing of your CCAT request. The panel will also include an overview of BIS's CCATs process and timeline.

Moderator: Brian Baker, Director, Electronics and Materials Division, BIS

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Outbound Operations

This panel will consist of representatives from CBP's Outbound Team at CBP Headquarters and the Exodus Command Center. Presentations will cover some of the common scenarios that occur at the ports of export that may lead to a license determination request, hold, seizure, or detention by CBP. In addition, a presentation on the role of the Exodus Command Center will be provided.

Moderator: Gerard Horner, Director, Office of Technology Evaluation, BIS

Special Sessions and Activities:

Monday, October 31 – Wednesday, November 2

BIS Online Services

Learn about online services and online training provided through the BIS Website. The staff of BIS's Office of the Chief Information Officer will be there to demonstrate and answer any questions pertaining to the SNAP-R Online Registration and Self-Management System and SNAP-R enhancements. In addition, you may explore the electronic Export Administration Regulations (e-cfr) hosted on the Government Printing Office’s website and learn helpful tools and search techniques.

Internet Café and Meeting Space

An internet café will be open to provide internet access and printers. Program materials will be available on the computer desktops for you to download to the provided flash drive or print.

Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall will be open throughout the entire conference, Monday, October 31-Wednesday, November 2. Check the conference agenda for hours. Private sector and U.S. Government exhibitors will be on hand to present the services they offer to help companies meet various export control responsibilities and marketing goals. Such services include global logistics management, compliance strategies, and education and counseling on international trade management and regulations. Invited U.S. Government exhibitors include Bureau of Industry and Security’s Outreach and Educational Services and Treaty Compliance Divisions, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Commercial Service, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Export Pavilion, Bureau of the Census, and the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc.

Wednesday, November 2

Roundtables and Open Forums

Throughout the day there will be roundtable and open forums designed to permit attendees to move about, listen engage in discussion and interact with colleagues and government representatives on several important topics.

Open Forums

The open forums will run from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. and then continue from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

U.S. Munitions List to Commerce Control List Open Forum

Assistant Secretary Kevin Wolf has hosted weekly teleconferences to keep the exporting community informed of each step of the work being done to transfer items from the Munitions List to the Commerce Control List. This open forum provides an in-person extension of that effort. This part of the conference will give exporters the opportunity to ask questions and give input directly to Assistant Secretary Wolf as well as regulatory policy specialists and key engineers who have been working to bring this effort to fruition.  Note that the first hour of the forum (9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) will focus on the rule revising ITAR Category 12 and the related EAR bookend rule, which were published on October 12, 2016.

Encryption and Information Security Session with Question & Answer Period – Morning Session

This session offers a discussion of recent changes to Category 5 Part 2, as well as updates to telecommunications and computer provisions of the Export Administration Regulations. Following a brief presentation, licensing specialists will be available to answer questions.

Encryption Controls – Afternoon Round Tables Session

This session offers one-on-one and small group counseling on the encryption provisions of the Export Administration Regulations with staff of the BIS Information Technology Controls Division. **Please note that the presentation offered in the morning session will *not* be offered in the afternoon.**

Roundtable Discussions

A full day of specific topic roundtables will give attendees the opportunity to meet and network with officials of BIS and other agencies as well as export control peers in an informal setting. There will be four (4) one-hour sessions throughout the day from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.; and 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. You may participate in all sessions, but to provide sufficient opportunities for all you are required to select a different table for each session. There will be program material to identify the topic of discussions and facilitator for each table. The tables will be numbered and this event will be on a first come, first served basis.

   
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