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On 3 June 2016, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a Final Rule (the “BIS Final Rule”) revising a number of definitions in the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). BIS also posted new Frequently Asked Questions related to this rule. Concurrently, the U.S. Department of State published an Interim Final Rule (the “State Interim Rule” and, collectively with the BIS Final Rule, the “June 2016 Rules”) revising several definitions in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). The June 2016 Rules will go into effect on 1 September 2016. The State Department will accept comments on the State Interim Rule until 5 July 2016.

On Thursday, December 31, 2015, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued the Cyber-Related Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 578 (“Regulations”), which implement Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015 (“Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities” or the “Cyber EO”). Our prior blog post on the Cyber EO is available here. The Regulations implement the restrictions on transactions involving parties designated as Specially Designated Nationals (“SDNs”) under the Cyber…

On July 22, 2015 the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations, 15 C.F.R. Parts 730-774 (“EAR”), to implement the rescission of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (BIS has also issued FAQs).  As discussed in our previous blog posts here and here, the U.S. Secretary of State rescinded the designation of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism on May 29, 2015, as…