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SIGAR Issues Quarterly Report to Congress

On January 30, 2014, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued its quarterly report to Congress regarding its oversight work and the status of obligations and programs relating to the...more

Time to Comply: New DoD Rules Governing Supply Chain Risk Information and Unclassified Controlled Technical Information

cGovernment contractors should be aware of recent Department of Defense (DoD) rules governing Information Relating to Supply Chain Risk, 78 Fed. Register 69,268 (Nov. 18, 2013) and Unclassified Controlled Technical...more

Government Procurement: September and October 2013 Federal Register Update

1. Final Rules Regarding the Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and Subcontractors - On September 24, 2013, the Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs...more

Capital Thinking: Defense

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Budget and the Debt Ceiling - With no congressional consensus on a bill to fund the U.S. federal government for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, on Tuesday, October 1, the U.S....more

New Export Control Rules for Military Aircraft and Aircraft Parts and Components

Companies that produce military aircraft and aircraft parts and components controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) should take note of some significant changes that will become effective...more

Export Control Reforms Leads to Changes in Permanent Import Regime of Defense Articles and Services

In light of the upcoming changes associated with the Export Control Reform Initiative, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued a final rule in April 22, 2013, which amends...more

Export Control Reform Series Episode II: The First Change – Reevaluating your ITAR Aircraft Parts

In Episode I: The Basics we noted that U.S. Export Control Reform may be causing confusion and consternation among those who will have to take the first theoretical rule changes and apply them in real and practical...more

Major Changes to U.S. Export Laws Go into Effect October 15, 2013: Is Your Company Ready?

New rules implementing export control reforms become effective October 15, 2013. The keystone of these reform efforts is to transfer jurisdiction of less sensitive military items currently controlled under the International...more

Status of Key Aspects of Export Control Reform

On April 16, 2013, the State Department and the Commerce Department published the first set of final rules in the Federal Register to implement the Obama administration’s Export Control Reform Initiative. The State Department...more

New DOD Internal Policy Guidance on Counterfeit Parts: A Preview of Contractor Regulations?

The Department of Defense (DOD) has issued a new instruction that establishes internal DOD policies for detecting, avoiding, and remediating counterfeit parts in the DOD supply chain, and allocates responsibility among...more

$8 Million Penalty for Weak ITAR Compliance: How the Price of Maintenance Beats the Cost of Repair

On April, 30, 2013, Raytheon Company, a major military electronics and weapons manufacturer, agreed with the U.S. Department of State to pay $8 million in civil penalties and remedial expenditures to settle alleged violations...more

Senate Armed Services Committee Releases Final Report on Counterfeit Electronic Parts in the Defense Supply Chain

After a year-long investigation that involved the review of more than 100,000 pages of documents submitted by DoD, electronic parts manufacturers, defense contractors and subcontractors, electronic parts testing laboratories...more

There are Two Nationalities for the Nation of the United States

Discover that since the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Slaughterhouse Cases, there is a citizen of the United States, who is not a citizen of the several States (united) and a citizen of the several States...more

Fourth Circuit Upholds “Derivative” Soveign Immunity, following the D.C. Circuit

Suhail Najim Abdullah Al Shimari, et al. v. CACI Int’l, No. 09-1335 (4th Cir. 2011), addresses the issue of “derivative sovereign immunity”, which deserves another look. According to the allegations, four Iraqi citizens were...more

Broader than Bombs: What the Arms Export Control Act Means to You

As a business owner you likely never imagined that the Arms Export Control Act (“AECA”) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (“ITAR”) might apply to you and your business. But the broad...more

Early Steps Toward a Streamlined Export Control System: Proposed Changes to the ITAR and EAR

On November 7, 2011, the U.S. State Department published a proposed rule amending the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) by narrowing the categories of aircraft and related equipment controlled on the United...more

October 13, 2011 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney....more

September 8, 2011 - The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News

The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News discusses current OFAC SDN issues written by a OFAC SDN Removal Lawyer....more

This Extension of U.S. Criminal Law Is Unnecessary

On June 3, 2011, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Representative David Price (D-N.C.) re-introduced the Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (CEJA), which aims to extend U.S. criminal jurisdiction in to U.S. citizens...more

Final US ITAR Rule on Dual and Third Country Nationals Raises New Challenges

Today, the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) published in the Federal Register the final rule containing its long-awaited amendments to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations...more

Status Of Forces Agreements - A Primer

Government contractors are called-upon with increasing frequency to perform their contractual obligations abroad. Apart from the myriad of laws and regulations governing their performance on the international stage,...more

ITAR License Exemption Amended To Allow Hand-Carrying Of Technical Data Outside The United States

On August 27, 2010, the Department of State amended section 125.4(b)(9) of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) to clarify an exemption to the license requirement related to the hand-carrying of technical...more

DDTC Levies $42 Million Fine for Export Control Violations

Even if you export defense articles, technical data, or defense services pursuant to contracts with the U.S. government or military, don't assume that you are free from the usual export control requirements that apply to...more

United States District Court For The Southern District Of Texas Deprives Battlefield Contractors Of The Protections Of The Defense...

A recent decision by the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas may have caused grave damage to protections long available to overseas government contractors and their employees under the Defense Base...more

Herding Cats I: Disposal of Real Property and Contractor Inventory in Contingency Operations

Herding Cats I: Disposal of DoD Real Property and Contractor Inventory in Contingency Operations, by Captain Lyndsey Olson, and Herding Cats II: Disposal of DoD Personal Property, by Major Kathryn Navin seek to provide JAs...more

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