Larry Christensen Discusses Export Control Reform in Main Justice

"Lagging Export Rules Getting Massive Overhaul"
Main Justice
02.09.12Larry Christensen discusses government efforts to undertake the first major export control reform in decades in order to bring greater clarity to the two control lists, i.e. the U.S. Munitions List (USML) and the Commerce Control List. "Who do I even go to? Unless you can answer that first question – which agency's rules apply – you will not have a clue what your rights and obligations are," said Christensen, who served as director of the Commerce Department's Regulatory Policy Division during a redrafting of that department's export regulations in 1995 and 1996 – the first such reform since 1949. Christensen said this list restructuring is crucial because the current USML offers little clarity on which items the State Department actually regulates. "There are plenty of people out there in the business community that don't realize that the vague language the government uses is intended to reach them," said Christensen.
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