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AGENCY:

Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) is amending the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations to define the term “financial, material, or technological support,” as used in these regulations. Providing “financial, material, or technological support,” for either acts of terrorism that threaten the United States, or any person whose property or interests in property are blocked under these regulations, constitutes one of the criteria for designation as a person whose property and interests in property are blocked.

DATES:

Effective Date: November 23, 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Assistant Director for Policy, tel.: 202/622-4855, or Chief Counsel (Foreign Assets Control), tel.: 202/622-2410 (not toll free numbers).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic and Facsimile Availability

This document and additional information concerning OFAC are available from OFAC's Web site (http://www.treas.gov/​ofac). Certain general information pertaining to OFAC's sanctions programs also is available via facsimile through a 24-hour fax-on-demand service, tel.: 202/622-0077.

Background

OFAC administers the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 594 (“GTSR”), which implement Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001, “Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions With Persons Who Commit, Threaten to Commit, or Support Terrorism” (66 FR 49079, Sept. 25, 2001) (“E.O. 13224”). Section 594.201(a) of the GTSR implements section 1 of E.O. 13224 and blocks the property and interests in property that are in or come within the United States, or that are in or come within the possession or control of U.S. persons, including their overseas branches, of (1) foreign persons listed in the Annex to E.O. 13224, as may be amended; (2) foreign persons determined by the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Attorney General, to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States; and (3) persons determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Attorney General, to be owned or controlled by, or to act for or on behalf of, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this section.

In particular, paragraph (a)(4)(i) of section 594.201 of the GTSR implements section 1(d)(i) of E.O. 13224 by blocking the U.S. property and interests in property of persons determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Attorney General:

To assist in, sponsor, or provide financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of:

(A) Acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States, or

(B) Any person whose property or interests in property are blocked pursuant to paragraph (a) of this section . * * *

GTSR, section 594.201(a)(4)(i) (emphasis added).

Acting under authority delegated by the Secretary of the Treasury, OFAC today is amending the GTSR to add a new definition of the term “financial, material, or technological support,” as used in section 594.201(a)(4)(i) of the GTSR. New section 594.317, in subpart C of the GTSR, defines the term “financial, material, or technological support” to mean any property, tangible or intangible, and includes a list of specific examples.

The definition of the term “financial, material, or technological support” in new section 594.317 may include concepts that overlap with existing provisions in the GTSR, such as interpretive section 594.406 on the “provision of services.” However, in light of the threat posed by acts of terrorism to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, OFAC has determined that the benefit of greater specificity in the new definition outweighs any concerns with regard to redundancy.

Please note that, in promulgating this regulation, OFAC does not imply any limitation on the scope of paragraphs (a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3), or (a)(4)(ii) of section 594.201. Furthermore, the designation criteria in these paragraphs as well as in paragraph (a)(4)(i) of section 594.201 will be applied in a manner consistent with pertinent Federal law, including, where applicable, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Public Participation

Because the amendments of the GTSR involve a foreign affairs function, Executive Order 12866 and the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) requiring notice of proposed rulemaking, opportunity for public participation, and delay in effective date are inapplicable. Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required for this rule, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612) does not apply.

Paperwork Reduction Act

The collections of information related to the GTSR are contained in 31 CFR part 501 (the “Reporting, Procedures and Penalties Regulations”). Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507), those collections of information have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1505-0164. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a Start Printed Page 61037collection of information unless the collection of information displays a valid control number.

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List of Subjects 31 CFR Part 594

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control amends

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PART 594—GLOBAL TERRORISM SANCTIONS REGULATIONS

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1. The authority citation for part 594 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 3 U.S.C. 301; 22 U.S.C. 287c; 31 U.S.C. 321(b); 50 U.S.C. 1601-1651, 1701-1706; Pub. L. 101-410, 104 Stat. 890 (28 U.S.C. 2461 note); Pub. L. 110-96, 121 Stat. 1011; E.O. 13224, 66 FR 49079, 3 CFR, 2001 Comp., p. 786; E.O. 13268, 67 FR 44751, 3 CFR, 2002 Comp., p. 240; E.O. 13284, 64 FR 4075, 3 CFR, 2003 Comp., p. 161.

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Subpart C—General Definitions

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2. Add a new § 594.317 to subpart C to read as follows:

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Financial, material, or technological support.

The term financial, material, or technological support, as used in § 594.201(a)(4)(i) of this part, means any property, tangible or intangible, including but not limited to currency, financial instruments, securities, or any other transmission of value; weapons or related materiel; chemical or biological agents; explosives; false documentation or identification; communications equipment; computers; electronic or other devices or equipment; technologies; lodging; safe houses; facilities; vehicles or other means of transportation; or goods. “Technologies” as used in this definition means specific information necessary for the development, production, or use of a product, including related technical data such as blueprints, plans, diagrams, models, formulae, tables, engineering designs and specifications, manuals, or other recorded instructions.

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Dated: November 18, 2009.

John E. Smith,

Acting Director, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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[FR Doc. E9-28066 Filed 11-20-09; 8:45 am]

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