• (6/30/2022)

    (6/30/2022) : Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy June 29–July 1, 2022

  • (6/30/2022)

    (6/30/2022) : Bureau of Industry and Security Announces Changes to Administrative Enforcement Program

  • (6/28/2022)

    (6/28/2022) : Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement Matthew S. Axelrod at the National Association of College and University Attorneys 2022 Annual Conference

  • (6/28/2022)

    (6/28/2022) : Commerce Rule Applies Powerful Restrictions Directly on Entities Seeking to Supply Russia’s Military Since Start of Invasion of Ukraine, effective on June 28, 2022

  • (6/28/2022)

    (6/28/2022) : Treasury FinCEN and BIS Issue Joint Alert on Potential Russian and Belarusian Export Control Evasion Attempts

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2022 Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy, June 29–July 1, 2022

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2022 Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy

Building a Network of Global Cooperation

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) will offer a hybrid Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy Wednesday, June 29–July 1, 2022. This 35th annual conference will be offered in-person at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C., and also virtually for the first two days. It will include keynote speakers, plenary sessions, breakout sessions, and an Exhibit Hall. Roundtable sessions with experts on many topics will be offered on the third day in-person only. There will be one reception at the end of the first day. The theme of this year’s conference is Building a Network of Global Cooperation.

 

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Encryption Controls, August 10-11, 2022

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Encryption Controls, August 10-11, 2022

 

In partnership with the Professional Association of Exporters and Importers (PAEI), BIS is offering the Encryption Controls seminar as a live virtual event that will focus on the unique provisions related to encryption under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

 

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Complying with U.S. Export Controls, June 14-17, 2022 
   
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Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Texas Woman Admits Illegally Exporting Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights, Sentenced to Prison

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JANIECE MICHELLE HOUGH, 41, of Kempner, Texas, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of smuggling goods from the United States. The charge stems from HOUGH’s sale of two Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights (ACOGs) destined for Germany in violation of the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations.

Following her plea of guilty, Judge Underhill sentenced HOUGH to six months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, the first eight months of which she must serve in home confinement. HOUGH was also ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and to forfeit $198,054.

According to court documents and statements made in court, HOUGH worked for a government contractor and was based at Fort Hood in Texas. On the side, she operated an online business selling surplus military clothing and equipment on eBay. While working at Fort Hood, HOUGH purchased military equipment from U.S. Army personnel, including Michael Bartch, for re-sale online. In June 2010, HOUGH sold and shipped two ACOGs to an individual in Connecticut with the understanding that the AGOGs were destined for Germany.

HOUGH did not have a license from the U.S. State Department, which is required to export ACOGs and other items on the U.S. Munitions List.

Bartch, of Copperas Cove, Texas, was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas. On April 17, 2013, he was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment.

In the District of Connecticut, this case was investigated by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Boston Field Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Edward Chang and Hal Chen.

 

   
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