On July 26, 2019, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) announced in a Federal Register Notice (FRN) that it is seeking public comment on consolidating and clarifying exemptions located throughout the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
Per the FRN, the DDTC seeks to determine which exemptions are redundant or could be consolidated, or contain language that introduces material ambiguity or hinders the exemption’s intended use. The DDTC seeks to organize and consolidate the various exemptions into a single location within the ITAR, and does not seek to broaden or eliminate existing exemptions.
Interested parties may submit comments in one of two ways: (1) online via www.regulations.gov (searching for the relevant docket number, which is DOS-2019-0022); or (2) through email to DDTCPublicComments@state.gov with the subject line “Request for Comments Regarding Consolidation of ITAR Exemptions.” Comments may be submitted until August 26, 2019.
The FRN may be found here: