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Amendment to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Regarding Dual and Third Country Nationals

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Final Rule.

Summary

The Department of State is amending the text of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to allow access to defense articles and services for dual and third country nationals of certain countries through revisions in procedures for technical assistance agreements and manufacturing licensing agreements. This regulatory change will reduce the burden on exporters of defense articles and on foreign parties to the agreements by reducing the number of individual Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA's) which must be executed and maintained on file.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Effective Date: This rule is effective December 19, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Interested parties may submit comments at any time by any of the following methods:

  • E-mail: DDTCResponseTeam@state.gov with an appropriate subject line.
  • Mail: Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Office of Defense Trade Controls Policy, ATTN: Regulatory change, ITAR §§ 124.12 and 124.16, SA-1, 12th Floor, Washington, DC 20522-0112.
  • Hand delivery or Courier (regular work hours only): Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Office of Defense Trade Controls Policy, ATTENTION: Regulatory Change, ITAR §§ 124.12 and 124.16, SA-1, 12th Floor, 2401 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20037.

Persons with access to the Internet may also view this notice by going to the regulations.gov Web site at http://regulations.gov/index.cfm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Acting Director Terry Davis, Office of Defense Trade Controls Licensing, Department of State, Telephone (202) 663-2739 or Fax (202) 663-3866, E-mail DDTCResponseTeam@state.gov. ATTN: Regulatory Change, ITAR §§ 124.12 and 124.16.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

The Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) has recently completed a review of licensing requirements for technical assistance and manufacturing license agreements (TAAs/MLAs) under Part 124 of the ITAR. The Department has long followed a procedure to license to all countries of ultimate destination, including to nationals of countries other than the country to which the items are to be exported under the TAA/MLA. In particular, § 124.8(5) precludes any retransfer of defense articles (hardware or technical data) or defense services pursuant to an approved TAA/MLA to third countries or nationals of third countries unless specifically authorized in the agreement or for which prior written approval has been granted by the Department. For export control purposes, DDTC has considered a third country national to be an individual from a country other than the country which is the foreign signatory to the agreement. A third country national may also be a dual national if he holds nationality from more than one country. In addition to citizenship, DDTC considers country of birth a factor in determining nationality.

Current procedures require that third country/dual nationals authorized under TAA/MLA's execute Non Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) before they receive access to defense articles or defense services. The changes to Part 124 would revise these procedures to permit the U.S. applicant to request further release of technical data and defense services and access to defense articles exported pursuant to or produced as a result of the TAA/MLA to third country/dual national employees of the foreign signatory who are nationals exclusively from countries that are members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the European Union (EU), Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and Switzerland. These procedural changes would also apply to employees of sub-licensees authorized under the agreement. Execution of NDAs by individuals who are third country or dual nationals meeting the preceding criteria would not be required. These changes are being implemented by an additional clause in the transmittal letter required under § 124.12 (c) whereby the applicant will request retransfer of defense articles and services to third country/dual nationals from these countries under the authority of a new ITAR § 124.16 entitled “Special Retransfer Authorizations for Unclassified Technical Data and Defense Services to Member States of NATO and the European Union, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and Switzerland.”

Regulatory Analysis and Notices Back to Top

Administrative Procedure Act

This amendment involves a foreign affairs function of the United States and, therefore, is not subject to the procedures required by 5 U.S.C. 553 and 554.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

This rule does not require analysis under the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Unfunded Mandates Act of 1995

This rule does not require analysis under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996

This amendment has been found not to be a major rule within the meaning of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.

Executive Orders 12372 and 13132

It is determined that this rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant application of the consultation provisions of Executive Orders 12372 and 13132.

Executive Order 12866

This amendment is exempt from the review under Executive Order 12866, but has been reviewed internally by the Department of State to ensure consistency with the purposes thereof.

Paperwork Reduction Act

This rule does not impose any new reporting or recordkeeping requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

List of Subjects in 22 CFR Part 124 Back to Top

  • Arms and Munitions
  • Exports
  • Technical Assistance
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Accordingly, for the reasons set forth above, Title 22, Chapter I, Subchapter M, part 124 is amended as follows:

PART 124—AGREEMENTS, OFF-SHORE PROCUREMENT AND OTHER DEFENSE SERVICES Back to Top

1.The authority citation for part 124 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

Sec. 2, 38, and 71, 90, 90 Stat. 744 (22 U.S.C. 2752, 2778, 2797); E.O. 11958, 42 FR 4311; 3 CFR 1977, Comp. p. 79; 22 U.S.C. 2651a; 22 U.S.C. 2776; Pub L. 105-261.

2.Section 124.12 is amended by adding a new paragraph (a)(10) to read as follows:

§ 124.12 Required information in letters of transmittal.

(a) * * *

(10) A statement specifying whether the applicant is requesting retransfer of defense articles and defense services pursuant to § 124.16 of this subchapter.

* * * * *

3.Section 124.16 is added to read as follows:

§ 124.16 Special Retransfer Authorizations for Unclassified Technical Data and Defense Services to Member States of NATO and the European Union, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

The provisions of § 124.8(5) of this subchapter notwithstanding, pursuant to this subsection the Department may approve access to unclassified defense articles exported in furtherance of or produced as a result of a TAA/MLA, and retransfer of technical data and defense services to individuals who are third country/dual national employees of the foreign signatory or its approved sub-licensees provided they are nationals exclusively of countries that are members of NATO the European Union, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and Switzerland and their employer is a signatory to the agreement or has executed a Non Disclosure Agreement. The retransfer must take place completely within the physical territories of these countries or the United States. Permanent retransfer of hardware is not authorized.

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Dated: November 27, 2007.

John C. Rood,

Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, Department of State.

[FR Doc. E7-24651 Filed 12-18-07; 8:45 am]

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