BIS Announces Steps to Implement Deemed Export Advisory Committee Recommendations

On February 6, 2008, the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced that it had completed its review of the Deemed Export Advisory Committee's (DEAC) report. BIS states that the Department has begun to work with its U.S. government partners, including the Departments of Defense, State, and Energy, to "consider the report's analysis and recommendations as a basis for reforming current deemed export policy." 

A "deemed export" is the transfer of controlled dual-use technology to a foreign national while in the United States. BIS stated that, "Given the significant role that foreign nationals play in the U.S. research system, deemed export policy has significant implications for U.S. national security and economic competitiveness."

Mario Mancuso, Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security, stated, "U.S. deemed export policy must account for the variety of risks we face. While our rules should not permit the transfer of sensitive U.S. technology to a real or potential adversary, they must ensure the United States remains the most innovative and competitive economy in the world."

While certain proposals under active consideration will require interagency support, Under Secretary Mancuso has directed BIS to immediately:

    ·    Create an Emerging Technologies Advisory Committee, composed of representatives from leading research universities, government research labs, and industry to make recommendations to BIS regarding emerging technologies on a regular basis; and

    ·    Improve outreach and engagement efforts to the academic and technology communities about the progress and scope of the deemed export policy efforts.