Thomas McVey

Thomas McVey

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Proposed ITAR Amendment Provides Important Benefit for Government Contractors

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) has issued a proposed regulation under the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) that will have a significant impact on government contracts firms. Under the...more

7/10/2015 - Arms Export Control Act DDTC Department of State EAR Export Controls Federal Contractors Imports ITAR Proposed Regulation

Export Control Laws for the General Counsel

You are the chief legal officer of a U.S. company. Your CEO walks into your office and announces that your company is about to conclude its first international sale. In addition, the company has just appointed distributors in...more

6/11/2015 - Arms Embargo Arms Export Control Act Blocked Entities Blocked Person Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Defense Sector Due Diligence EAR Embargo End-Users Export Administration Regulations Export Controls Exports ITAR Know Your Customers Manufacturers Military End Use OFAC Sanctions Software Software Developers Technology

ITAR/EAR Amendments for Military Electronics Become Effective December 30

The amendments affecting military electronics products under Export Control Reform become effective on December 30, 2014. This will cover a large number of products in the electronics, computer, telecom and avionics...more

12/23/2014 - Defense Sector EAR Electronics Export Controls ITAR Military End Use

New Export Control Requirement for Electronics Manufacturers in Defense and Aerospace Industries

The State and Commerce Departments recently issued significant new regulations under Export Control Reform affecting the export control requirement for military electronics. These will have a major impact on manufacturers of...more

11/7/2014 - Aerospace Defense Sector Department of State Electronics Export Controls Federal Procurement Systems Manufacturers Telecommunications U.S. Commerce Department

Special Due Diligence Concerns When Buying Unmanned Aerial Systems

The regulatory lid is about to come off domestic commercial use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (“UASs”). When that happens, like a vacuum, the U. S. commercial market will seek to deploy every viable system. In the rush to...more

3/13/2014 - Drones Due Diligence FAA

Fourth Circuit Holds That Defendant Can Be Guilty of Criminal Violation of Armed Export Control Act Even Without Specific...

To obtain a felony conviction under the Arms Export Control Act for “willfully” exporting “defense articles” without a license, must the government prove that the defendant knew the items in question were specifically subject...more

1/31/2014 - Arms Export Control Act Convictions Exports Felonies Firearms

Initial Provisions of Export Control Reform Become Effective October 15th – Steps to Take to Prepare for Export Control Reform

On October 15, 2013 the first major series of amendments under the Export Control Reform will go into effect. Every exporter should be aware of these amendments and have a plan to prepare for these changes....more

10/11/2013 - Export Controls ITAR

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