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US Government to Issue Property Claim Decisions Against Libya and Albania

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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 15:49

In today's Federal Register, the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission issued a Notice that it will hold a meeting on Friday, June 3, 2011, at 10:30 am to issue proposed decisions in claims by U.S. persons against the governments of Libya and Albania. The meeting notice is available, here.

 

Obama Administration Announces Additional Iran Sanctions, Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan State-owned Oil Company

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:47

The Obama Administration announced yesterday and this morning additional Iran sanctions pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-172) (50 U.S.C. 1701 note) (ISA), as amended by, inter alia, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-195), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 12957 of March 15, 1995 against the Islamic Republic of Iran.  The Executive Order is available here.

Read more... [Obama Administration Announces Additional Iran Sanctions, Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan State-owned Oil Company]
 

USG Amends Export Controls Entity List Related to Russia's Rosatom

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011 09:56

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS issued a final rule today amending the  the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by removing one and revising two Russian entries on the Entity List (Supplement No. 4 to Part 744). Rosatom is Russia's primary agency in charge of nuclear power and nuclear weapons.

Read more... [USG Amends Export Controls Entity List Related to Russia's Rosatom]
 

Reminder: FinCEN CISADA Iran Sanctions Comments Due June 1

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Monday, 23 May 2011 19:48

Last month, the U.S Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) proposed regulations to implement new reporting requirements by U.S. financial institutions pursuant to the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA). 

The proposed regulations would work in tandem with other financial provisions of CISADA to isolate financial institutions designated by the U.S. Government in connection with Iran's proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or delivery systems for WMD, or in connection with its support for international terrorism.

Read more... [Reminder: FinCEN CISADA Iran Sanctions Comments Due June 1]
 

U.S. Government Amends the Commerce Control List

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Friday, 20 May 2011 13:09

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) maintains the Commerce Control List (CCL), which identifies items subject to U.S. export controls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce.

In today's Federal Register, BIS published a Final Rule that revises the Commerce Control List (CCL) to implement changes made to the Wassenaar Arrangement's List of Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (Wassenaar List) maintained and agreed to by governments participating in the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (Wassenaar Arrangement, or WA) at the December 2010 WA Plenary Meeting (the Plenary).

Read more... [U.S. Government Amends the Commerce Control List]
 

New Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Legislation Introduced in the US Congress

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Wednesday, 18 May 2011 09:33

As we enter the summer period of the Congressional session, it appears that Iran sanctions will once again be on the menu. This particular measure will be of interest to the energy and financial services sector that may have dealings with Iran.

The bill - HR 1905 - was introduced last week without much fanfare by the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; however, we expect it will receive a great deal of attention in both chambers. A companion Senate measure will be introduced in the near future.

Read more... [New Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Legislation Introduced in the US Congress]
 

UK Company Fined $79 million in US Export Controls Case

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Tuesday, 17 May 2011 15:22

The U.S. Department of State announced this morning that UK defense contractor BAE Systems plc has entered into a consent agreement to settle thousands of violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The company has agreed to pay the largest civil penalty ever in a case such as this one, $79 million. 

Read more... [UK Company Fined $79 million in US Export Controls Case]
 

OFAC Updates SDN Watch List with Libyan Entities

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Tuesday, 17 May 2011 11:50

The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC) has updated the specially designated nationals (SDN) list with new Libyan entities. For more information, click here.

 

State Department publishes final ITAR Dual-Nationals Rule

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Saturday, 14 May 2011 21:51

In next Monday's edition of the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of State has published a final rule establishing a policy to address those who are unable to implement the exemption for intra-company, intra-organization, and intra-government transfers of defense articles and defense services by approved end-users to dual national and third-country nationals who are employees of such approved end-users.

Read more... [State Department publishes final ITAR Dual-Nationals Rule]
 

US Updates Libya Sanctions Watch List

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011 10:13
In today's Federal Register, the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") published additional identifying information associated with the three individuals and two entities listed in the Annex to Executive Order 13572 of April 29, 2011, "Blocking Property of Certain Persons with Respect to Human Rights Abuses in Syria."  The updates can be viewed here.
 
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