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March 07, 2012 

U.S. Announces Opening of Export Enforcement Coordination Center and Information Triage Unit

As part of the Obama Administration's export control reform efforts, two new national multi-agency centers were officially opened today in order to improve how the U.S. Government administers its export control system.  

  • Export Enforcement Coordination Center (E2C2): Established by the President under Executive Order 13558, the E2C2 is responsible for enhanced information sharing and coordination between law enforcement and intelligence officials regarding possible violations of U.S. export controls laws.  The E2C2 is administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with a leadership team comprised of officials from DHS, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Commerce.  The opening of the E2C2 builds on the increased criminal penalties for export control violations and the provision of Commerce’s permanent law enforcement authorities implemented in partnership with Congress in the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act, to further strengthen the enforcement of U.S. export controls.
  • Information Triage Unit (ITU): The ITU, which is located in the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, is responsible for assembling and disseminating relevant information, including intelligence, from which to base informed decisions on proposed exports requiring a U.S. Government license.  This multi-agency screening will coordinate the reviews of separate processes across the government in an effort to ensure that all departments and agencies have complete information in order to make decisions on license applications.  This is intended to contribute to more timely, predictable, and consistent processes for U.S. exporters. 
In addition to the opening of these multi-agency centers, James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, has designated the Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive as the entity responsible for coordinating export control issues involving the Intelligence Community.



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