• Amber Thomas

BIS Seeks Comment on Control of Foundational Technologies

The Department of Commerce (DOC) is required to establish appropriate controls on the export, re-export, or transfer of emerging and foundational technologies. Toward that goal, DOC’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is seeking public comments on identifying the foundational technologies that are essential to U.S. national security and may warrant stricter export controls. BIS’s mission is to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.

Specifically, BIS is seeking public feedback on: 

  1. Definition of foundational tech 

  2. Sources to identify it

  3. Criteria to determine whether anti-terrorism controlled or EAR99 items are essential to U.S. national security

  4. Status of development of foundational tech in the U.S. and other countries

  5. Impact of foundational tech controls on the development of such technologies in the United States

  6. Examples of implementing controls based on end use and/or end user

  7. Examples of enabling technologies, including tooling, testing, and certification equipment, that should be considered foundational tech 

  8. Other approaches to identifying foundational technologies.

Comments are due by Oct. 26 and can be submitted online or mailed. For more information, read the Aug. 27 Federal Register notice.

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