• (02/23/2024):

    (02/23/2024): Commerce Stands Strong with Ukraine, Takes Further Action Against Ongoing Russian Aggression

  • (02/07/2024):

    (02/07/2024): Clarifications and Updates to Defense Priorities and Allocations System Regulation

  • (02/12/2024):

    (02/12/2024): Russian-Canadian National Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Launder Money from Scheme to Send UAV and Missile Components to Russia in Violation of U.S. Sanctions

  • (02/12/2024):

    (02/12/2024): Former Iranian-Owned Boeing Aircraft Successfully Returned to the United States

  • (02/09/2024):

    (02/09/2024): Readout of Disruptive Technology Strike Force One-Year Summit

  • (02/07/2024):

    (02/07/2024): Justice Department Announces Charges and Arrest in Two Separate Illicit Technology Transfer Schemes to Benefit Governments of China and Iran

  • (02/02/2024):

    (02/02/2024): U.K. Citizen Sentenced to Prison for Attempting to Export U.S. Technology to Iran

  • (02/02/2024):

    (02/02/2024): Registration is Open for the Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy March 27-29, 2024 in Washington, D.C.

  • (1/31/2024):

    (1/31/2024): Chinese Nationals Charged with Illegally Exporting U.S.-Origin Electronic Components to Iran and Iranian Military Affiliates

  • (01/29/2024):

    (01/29/2024): Commerce Proposes Rule to Advance U.S. National Security Interests and Implement Biden-Harris Administration’s AI Executive Order and National Cybersecurity Strategy

  • (01/23/2024):

    (01/23/2024): Commerce Strengthens Controls Against Russia and Belarus in Response to Russia's Continued War Against Ukraine

  • (1/24/2024):

    (1/24/2024): Reward Up To $15 Million for Information on Hossein Hatefi Ardakani

  • (1/18/2024):

    (1/18/2024): Virginia Man Convicted of Exporting Heavy Equipment to Iran in Violation of U.S. Sanctions Laws

OEE Mission Statement

“BIS is the principal agency involved in the development, implementation, and enforcement of export controls for commercial technologies and for many military technologies as a result of the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative.  The Export Enforcement Division detects, prevents, investigates, and assists in the sanctioning of illegal exports of such items,”  according to the United States Senate, in its Report to accompany H.R. 2578, dated June 16, 2015.

The Office of Export Enforcement (OEE) protects U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic interests by investigating violations, prosecuting violators of export control laws, interdicting illegal exports, and educating parties to export transactions on how to improve export compliance practices.  OEE Special Agents work with BIS licensing officials and policy staff to deter the export of items which, in the hands of unreliable users, can prove damaging to U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.


Informed, voluntary compliance with U.S. export controls by the export trade community is an important contribution to U.S. National Security and a key component of BIS’s export administration and enforcement programs.  All parties to U.S. export transactions must ensure their exports fully comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements.  Compliance not only involves controlled goods and technologies, but also restrictions on shipping to certain countries, companies, organizations, and/or individuals.  BIS works closely with the export trade community to raise awareness of compliance best practices and “red flags” of potential illicit activities, and to identify and act on export violations.

An Export Management and Compliance Program (EMCP) can assist you in developing and implementing procedures to stay in compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  See EMCP for more information.

Sentinel Program:

Many end-use checks are conducted through BIS' Sentinel Program. Trained OEE Special Agents are deployed from the United States to countries to visit the end-users of sensitive controlled commodities and determine whether these items are being used in accordance with license conditions. Sentinel teams assess the suitability of foreign end-users to receive U.S.-origin licensed goods and technology, assess prospective end-users on pending license applications for diversion risk, and conduct educational outreach to foreign trade groups. In this way, Sentinel trips help to create the confidence needed to foster trade while strengthening U.S. national security.

Outreach Program:

The purpose of the Outreach program is to prevent illegal exports by educating industry about export controls and eliciting industry’s cooperation in protecting our national security and foreign policy objectives.  An Outreach contact is a one-on-one visit with the representative of a company.  It is normally done in person, but under certain instances, it can be conducted over the phone. The types of companies contacted include, but are not limited to, manufacturers, exporters, and freight forwarders.


Export Enforcement Leadership  

Matthew S. Axelrod
Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement

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Kevin Kurland
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement

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