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BIS streamlines export controls for Australia and UK; CFIUS impact?

BIS streamlines export controls for Australia and UK; CFIUS impact?

The Bureau of Industry and Security has published an interim final rule that would reduce licensing requirements for Australia and the UK. The rule could impact the number of CFIUS filings from those countries, since CFIUS’s definition of “critical technologies” is tied to export controls.

Raimondo wants more money for BIS; China Select says ‘hold on…’

Raimondo wants more money for BIS; China Select says ‘hold on…’

At a defense industry forum last week, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo stated that her Department, particularly the Bureau of Industry and Security, needs additional funds to protect America. Almost immediately after her remarks, the House Select Committee pushed back. Details inside.

New export controls placed on AI chips, manufacturing in China

New export controls placed on AI chips, manufacturing in China

Last week, the Bureau of Industry and Security at the U.S. Commerce Department imposed export controls on additional types of semiconductor manufacturing equipment. The package of new rules reinforces restrictions that were announced one year ago. Details, the rules, and context inside.

Ex-CFIUS, BIS heads push back on outbound screening proposal

Ex-CFIUS, BIS heads push back on outbound screening proposal

In a letter to the chair of the Senate Banking Committee, three former national security officials have registered their concerns about the proposed Committee on National Critical Capabilities, which would oversee an “outbound” investment screening regime. Details and the letter are inside.

BIS proposal changes use of “emerging” and “foundational”

BIS proposal changes use of “emerging” and “foundational”

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security has signaled a change to the way it would refer to “emerging and foundational technologies,” noting that “distinctions between those categories are not often readily apparent.” Details and the new term-of-art inside.

Commerce Dept. seeks input on supply chain resiliency, security

Commerce Dept. seeks input on supply chain resiliency, security

As we reported last year, the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council is working to coordinate approaches to global trade matters, including investment screening. The Bureau of Industry and Security is now seeking input to inform that work. Details, context, contacts, and action items are inside.

Still no head of CFIUS, but Biden appoints BIS leader at Commerce

Still no head of CFIUS, but Biden appoints BIS leader at Commerce

Pres. Biden has nominated an Under Secretary for Industry and Security, a position that serves as principal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce on the export of sensitive technologies. Key positions within the Treasury department remain vacant. Details and contacts inside.