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Export Enforcement Coordination Center
by Richard Vitas Palaikis II

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We have heard quite a bit of news this year regarding the efforts to reform our current export control system. The Obama Administration announced earlier this month the establishment of an Export Enforcement Coordination Center.
In order to effectively enforce our export control system with the least amount of governmental disconnect, those governmental departments and agencies that have been charged with the responsibility of enforcement must coordinate their efforts to identify, thwart, investigate and prosecute violations using shared intelligence to the fullest extent possible being mindful of national security policies and applicable law.
The Export Enforcement Coordination Center will include the following governmental departments and agencies:
  • Department of State,
  • Department of the Treasury,
  • Department of Defense,
  • Department of Justice,
  • Department of Commerce,
  • Department of Energy,
  • Department of Homeland Security,
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and
  • other executive branch departments, agencies or offices as designated by the President.
In general, the Export Enforcement Coordination Center will serve as an open forum for the executive branch departments and agencies to cooperatively formulate resolutions to conflicts that have not been resolved through criminal and/or administrative investigations. Additionally, the Export Enforcement Coordination Center will:
  • serve as a conduit between the various federal law enforcement agencies and the U.S. intelligence community for the cooperative exchange of information, and
  • serve as a conduit between the various law enforcement agencies and governmental agencies that are engaged in export licensing.
The President has directed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to establish the Export Enforcement Coordination Center, as well as oversee its administrative support, operations and funding according to availability of appropriations.

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