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Educating the International Trade Community on Export and Import Process


2024 Summer Back to Basics Conference 
July 15-17 2024
The Westin - Arlington Gateway | 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA

AGENDA - 6/20/2024

Day One

7:15 | Registration & Breakfast

8:15 | Opening Remarks 

Tom Donovan, SIA Board President, Northrop Grumman    
Katie Donaldson, GE Aerospace

8:30 | Overview of Export Control Regimes & Regulations Panel

Tom Donovan, SIA Board President, Northrop Grumman    
Josh Richter, SIA Board Member, Leonardo DRS, Inc.

This Panel will provide a basic overview of U.S. Export Control Regimes and Regulations. Attendees will be introduced to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The panel will discuss the various government agencies that oversee the regulations. General concepts on jurisdiction determination and 600 series will be introduced. Key definitions found in the regulations will be discussed to include defense articles, export, release, U.S. person, technical data and technology.

Introduction of scenario used throughout the sessions.

10:15 | Break

10:30 | Submission Tools

Lisa Williams, Outreach and Educational Services, Bureau of Industry and Security    
Charlie Liebetrau, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls     
Ryan McMullin, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

This Panel will provide guidance on the two U.S. government submission tools – DECCS for ITAR submissions and SNAP-R for EAR submissions. For DECCS, the panel will discuss registration submissions, licensing submissions and user management. Similarly, for SNAP-R, the panel will discuss obtaining Company Identification Numbers (CIN), administrator management and submission options.

11:30 | DDTC Registration

Travis Bryant, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

The panel will provide an overview of the registration requirements and process under the ITAR. There will also be discussion on registration management.

12:00 | Lunch

1:00 | Commodity Jurisdiction and Classification Panel

Candace Goforth, SIA Board Treasurer/Secretary, Content Enablers
Jeffrey Leitz, Munitions Control Division, Bureau of Industry and Security    
Barry Schoen, Defense Technology Security Administration     
Chris Weil, Office of Defense Trade Controls Policy, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

Before you can export, you must determine which regulation (ITAR or EAR) applies to the product or technology. Determination of the “jurisdiction” is the first critical step. Next you must determine the applicable export “classification” – either U.S. Munitions List (USML) category or Export Control Classification Number (ECCN). This panel will address the process to make a self-determination on jurisdiction and classification. It will address the “specially designed” analysis. The process to submit and obtain a Commodity Jurisdiction determination will be covered to support companies that cannot make a self-determination.

Hands-on experience will be gained by walking through the commodity jurisdiction and export classification process of aerospace and defense systems/products.  This will require participants to access the ITAR and EAR to analyze products against provided criteria and make a jurisdiction and classification determination. Experts will be available to help guide you through.

2:45 | Break

3:00 | Commodity Jurisdiction and Classification Panel (continued)

5:00 | Conference Adjourn

5:15 | Reception

Day Two 

7:15 | Breakfast

8:00 | Opening Remarks

Katie Donaldson, GE Aerospace

8:05 | ITAR Licensing Panel 

Tamara Overton, SIA Board Member, Lockheed Martin Corporation    
Steven Biter, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

This Panel will provide a roadmap for the complex ITAR licensing process and help you identify what type of license is needed for a particular transaction. This panel will address DSP-5, DSP-73, DSP-61, DSP-85, and all supporting amendments. Attendees will learn the types of supporting documentation required to submit with each license type. Advice and tips will be provided on what the U.S. government regulator is looking for in an application. Guidance on how to submit a license to the government and how to track a case will be discussed. 

9:45 | Break

10:00 | ITAR Licensing Panel (continued)

11:00 | ITAR Exemptions Panel 

Dave Allman, SIA Board Vice President, K&L Gates LLP
Engda Wubneh, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls    
Susan Daoussi, Defense Technology Security Administration     

The ITAR also provides “Exemptions” from the requirement for an export license.  This presentation will help you identify the various exemptions available, and when and how to use them. Exemptions will cover the exportation of defense articles, technical data and the provision of defense services and will cover ITAR sections 123, 124, 125 and 126. 

The panel will also map out EAR Licensing requirements and highlight supporting documentation required for certain types of license submissions, as well as No License Required exports. 

12:30 | Lunch

1:30 | EAR Licensing and Exceptions Panel (Continued)

Josh Richter, SIA Board Member, Leonardo DRS, Inc.     
James Salandro, Outreach and Educational Services, Bureau of Industry and Security    
Sharron Cook, Regulatory Policy Division, Bureau of Industry and Security

This panel will provide a general overview of EAR Licensing requirements and EAR Exceptions that may be used in lieu of an export license. It will cover the structure of the Commerce Control List (CCL), reading Export Classification Control Numbers (ECCN), and understanding the 10 General Prohibitions. This will also highlight supporting documentation required for certain types of license submissions, as well as No License Required exports. 

3:00 | Break

3:15 | EAR Licensing and Exceptions Panel (Continued)

5:00 | Adjourn

5:00 – 6:00 | Meet the Speakers (Roundtable discussions/open Q&A)                      
(DDTC-L, DDTC-P, DDTC-C, BIS, DTSA, Industry speakers)

This provides attendees with the opportunity to meet the speakers to obtain answers to specific questions that they may not want to address in the larger forum.

Day Three

7:30 | Continental Breakfast

8:00 | Opening Remarks

Katie Donaldson, GE Aerospace

8:05 | ITAR Agreements–Overview, Preparation and Best Practices

Katherine Heubert, Hewlett Packard Enterprise    
Mike Carey, Defense Trade Controls Licensing, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

This Panel will explain Technical Assistance Agreements (TAA), Manufacturing Licensing Agreements (MLA), and Warehouse and Distribution Agreements (WDA) – when you need them, how to prepare, and helpful best practices to ensure success. Key areas will include the preparation of the transmittal letter and agreement, managing provisos, congressional notification, and general maintenance of an agreement. In addition, this panel will address the submission of licenses in furtherance of agreements. 

10:00 | Break

10:15 | ITAR Agreements–Overview, Preparation and Best Practices (continued) 

11:30 | DTSA Review Panel

Audra Collins, Defense Technology Security Administration

The Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA) will explain their critical role in the export license review and approval process. DTSA reviewers include both technical and policy experts. This panel will explain what information is necessary on your license submittals to obtain success.

12:00 | Lunch

1:00 | Got your license… now what?

Marc Binder, SIA Board Advisor, International Trade Compliance Strategies

This panel will address the Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) and the various regulatory steps required when shipping tangible items. Specifically, the attendees will learn about the destination control statements of the ITAR and EAR and how to manage export shipments. The panel will cover the Automated Export System (AES) and how best to deal with U.S. Customs.  

2:45 | Break

3:00 | Trade Compliance Program/Disclosures and Enforcement

Jennifer K. Weinel, SIA Board Advisor, Northrop Grumman Corporation     
Todd Willis,
 Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance   
Caitlyn Banis, Export Management and Compliance Division, Bureau of Industry and Security (Export Administration)   
Teresa Telesco, Chief of Staff, Office of Enforcement Analysis, Bureau of Industry and Security (Export Enforcement)   
Rashel D. Assouri, Assistant Director, Investigative Programs, Bureau of Industry and Security (Export Enforcement)

This Panel will focus on Trade Compliance Programs and what your company needs to do to implement an effective one, to include monitoring and identification of violations and an overview of the Voluntary Disclosure process.  Attendees will learn about key elements of a Compliance Program to include Management Commitment, recordkeeping, policies, procedures, training, and monitoring.  The panel will address the synergies between complying with the ITAR and the EAR.

5:00 | Conference Adjourns

SUMMER 2024 
BACK TO BASICS COMMITTEE

SIA Board Liaisons:

Sam Johnson, Supernal Aero   
Julia Mason, Peraton

Conference Director:

Katie Donaldson, GE Aerospace

Hotel Chair:

Debbie Shaffer, L3 Harris

Speaker Chair:

Carie Cartwright, KL Gates

Pubs Chair:

Julie Grisé, Sandvik

AV Chair:

Rachel Hess, Fluet Law

SIA Business Office: Donna Dietz & Pati Colon

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