• (5/20/2022)

    (5/20/2022) : Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Proposes Unilateral Controls on Exports of Four Naturally Occurring Marine Toxins for Public Comment

  • (5/20/2022)

    (5/20/2022) : BIS Issues Temporary Denial Order Against Fifth Russian Airline and Names Second Abramovich Aircraft Violating U.S. Exports Controls

  • (5/18/2022)

    (5/18/2022) : Chicago Tech Executive Sentenced to a Year in Federal Prison for Illegally Exporting Computer Equipment to Pakistan

  • (5/16/2022)

    (5/16/2022) : Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement Axelrod Delivers Remarks to the Society for International Affairs 2022 Spring Virtual Advanced Conference on Export Controls & International Politics

  • (5/13/2022)

    (5/13/2022) : Registration is Open! BIS 2022 Update Conference on Export Controls and Policy June 29–July 1, 2022

  • (5/10/2022)

    (5/10/2022) : Request for Public Comments on Supply Chain Issues to Support the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council Secure Supply Chains Working Group – comment period is extended until June 23, 2022

  • (5/09/2022)

    (5/09/2022) : Commerce Increases Restrictions on U.S. Exports to Russian Industrial and Commercial

  • (5/04/2022)

    (5/04/2022) : Keynote address to Association of University Export Control Officers 2022 Conference on Export Controls and Research Security at Higher Education and Scientific Institutions Assistant Secretary for Export Administration Thea D. Rozman Kendle

  • (4/22/2022)

    (4/22/2022) : Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement Matthew S. Axelrod Remarks to the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Illinois Division, on Enforcement Actions to Disrupt Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

  • (4/21/2022)

    (4/21/2022) : BIS Takes Enforcement Action Against Russian Cargo Airline Operating in Violation of U.S. Export Controls

  • (4/19/2022)

    (4/19/2022) : Bureau of Industry and Security Welcomes Under Secretary Alan Estevez

  • (4/14/2022)

    (4/14/2022) : Commerce Department Identifies First Belarusian and More Russian Aircraft Exported to Belarus and Russia in Apparent Violation of U.S. Export Controls

  • (4/09/2022)

    (4/09/2022) : Commerce Department BIS Expands Restrictions on Exports to Russia and Belarus in Response to Ongoing Aggression to Ukraine

OEE Mission Statement

“BIS is the principal agency involved in the development, implementation, and enforcement of export controls for commercial technologies and for many military technologies as a result of the President’s Export Control Reform Initiative.  The Export Enforcement Division detects, prevents, investigates, and assists in the sanctioning of illegal exports of such items,”  according to the United States Senate, in its Report to accompany H.R. 2578, dated June 16, 2015.

The Office of Export Enforcement (OEE) protects U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic interests by investigating violations, prosecuting violators of export control laws, interdicting illegal exports, and educating parties to export transactions on how to improve export compliance practices.  OEE Special Agents work with BIS licensing officials and policy staff to deter the export of items which, in the hands of unreliable users, can prove damaging to U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.


Informed, voluntary compliance with U.S. export controls by the export trade community is an important contribution to U.S. National Security and a key component of BIS’s export administration and enforcement programs.  All parties to U.S. export transactions must ensure their exports fully comply with all statutory and regulatory requirements.  Compliance not only involves controlled goods and technologies, but also restrictions on shipping to certain countries, companies, organizations, and/or individuals.  BIS works closely with the export trade community to raise awareness of compliance best practices and “red flags” of potential illicit activities, and to identify and act on export violations.

An Export Management and Compliance Program (EMCP) can assist you in developing and implementing procedures to stay in compliance with the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  See EMCP for more information.

Sentinel Program:

Many end-use checks are conducted through BIS' Sentinel Program. Trained OEE Special Agents are deployed from the United States to countries to visit the end-users of sensitive controlled commodities and determine whether these items are being used in accordance with license conditions. Sentinel teams assess the suitability of foreign end-users to receive U.S.-origin licensed goods and technology, assess prospective end-users on pending license applications for diversion risk, and conduct educational outreach to foreign trade groups. In this way, Sentinel trips help to create the confidence needed to foster trade while strengthening U.S. national security.

Outreach Program:

The purpose of the Outreach program is to prevent illegal exports by educating industry about export controls and eliciting industry’s cooperation in protecting our national security and foreign policy objectives.  An Outreach contact is a one-on-one visit with the representative of a company.  It is normally done in person, but under certain instances, it can be conducted over the phone. The types of companies contacted include, but are not limited to, manufacturers, exporters, and freight forwarders.


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