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Federal Acquisition Regulation; Sudan Sanctions Waiver Process

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Thursday, 02 December 2010 11:38

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (the Councils) are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to revise section 25.702, Prohibition on contracting with entities that conduct restricted business operations in Sudan, to add specific criteria that an agency must address in a waiver request and a waiver consultation process regarding foreign policy aspects of the waiver request for consultations. This information will be provided, in a waiver request, to the President or his appointed designee for consideration on whether the prohibition on awarding a contract to a contractor that conducts business in Sudan should be waived. See 75 FR 62069.  This is a reminder that interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before December 6, 2010 to be considered in the formulation of a final rule.

 

Coast Guard Seeks Comments on Updates to Vessel Inspection Fees

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Thursday, 02 December 2010 11:32

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comment on updating vessel inspection fees. The Coast Guard, by regulation, establishes inspection fees for U.S. commercial vessels required to maintain a Certificate of Inspection and foreign tankships and mobile offshore drilling units required to maintain a Certificate of Compliance. This includes overseas inspection and examination fees. The Coast Guard is considering options for updating and/or restructuring these inspection fees to ensure their adequacy and equity, and for adapting to changes that have occurred since they were last modified in 1998. The Coast Guard seeks information on factors to consider when updating these fees. See 75 FR 74674.

 

Designation of Three Individuals Pursuant to Executive Order 13224

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Wednesday, 01 December 2010 00:00
The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") is publishing the names of three newly-designated individuals whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001, "Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions With Persons Who Commit, Threaten To Commit, or Support Terrorism." See 75 FR 74769.
 

U.S. Creates Trade Security Center

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Tuesday, 09 November 2010 00:00

The White House Press Office released this week an Executive Order announcing the creation of the Export Coordination Enforcement Center (ECEC). The creation of the trade security center, is part of the Obama Administration efforts to reform U.S. export control laws.

"To enhance our enforcement efforts and minimize enforcement conflicts, executive departments and agencies must coordinate their efforts to detect, prevent, disrupt, investigate, and prosecute violations of U.S. export control laws, and must share intelligence and law enforcement information related to these efforts to the maximum extent possible, consistent with national security and applicable law," says the Executive Order.

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US Exposes Iranian Efforts to Evade Economic Sanctions

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Thursday, 28 October 2010 09:49

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has designated thirty-seven (37) Iranian front companies for acting on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) and its affiliates.  Iran has been using IRISL to advance its illicit weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program as well as to carry military cargoes.

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