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Commerce Department

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 25, 2009

The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security on Dec. 23 formally suspended the eligibility of Aviza Technology China to participate in the Validated End-User program following the sale of its assets to a Japanese firm, and the eligibility of a General Electric (GE) joint venture in India after that partnership was dissolved. In a Federal Register notice, BIS said the suspension, which means exports to the facilities in China and India will again be subject to individual licenses, is not because of a violation of the VEU requirements.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 25, 2009

Members of the Wassenaar Arrangement this month formally approved a U.S. proposal to decontrol products that have minor encryption elements and whose primary use is not computing, telecommunications, networking or information security, according to a Commerce Department official.

(Text Document)
December 22, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 18, 2009

The Senate Banking Committee on Thursday (Dec. 17) approved the nomination of Eric Hirschhorn to be undersecretary of Commerce for export administration. The vote included the nominations of several other officials, including the appointment of Marisa Lago to be assistant secretary for international markets and development U.S. Department of the Treasury and the reappointment of Ben Bernanke to head the Federal Reserve.

(File Document)
December 14, 2009

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 11, 2009

Department of Commerce Acting Assistant Secretary for Export Administration Matthew Borman this week said that an initiative proposed by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to create license-free zone for high-technology goods between the U.S. and its closest allies can also serve to strengthen U.S. controls for reexports to third countries.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 11, 2009

Department of Commerce Acting Assistant Secretary for Export Administration Matthew Borman this week said that resolution of short-term export control issues that have been flagged by the Obama administration may not be completed until the administration produces recommendations for a fundamental revision of the U.S. export control system.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 11, 2009

On the sidelines of a Dec. 9 House Foreign Affairs trade subcommittee hearing, Commerce Department Acting Assistant Secretary for Export Administration Matthew Borman said that the Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee (ETRAC) last month delivered to the Commerce Department a draft methodology for creating a list of technologies subject to deemed export controls.

(Inside U.S. Trade)
December 11, 2009

According to announcements in the Dec. 7 Federal Register, U.S. federal agencies plan to undergo a series of regulatory actions over the next six months that will affect export controls, farm loan guarantee programs and beef and cattle import regulations.

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