Companies working with the State Department received a much-needed reprieve from some of the strict mandates of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) — at least through the middle of next year.  

Earlier this month, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) announced it would extend the remote work-related provisions for ITAR until June 30, 2021. 

As a reminder, back in May 2020 due to the ongoing pandemic, the DDTC temporarily revised certain ITAR requirements. This included allowing an employee of a licensed entity to work remotely in a country not previously authorized without jeopardizing their status “regular employees, “and the changes also authorize the employee to send, receive or access any technical data that DDTC has authorized to their employer. This does not apply if the regular employee is in Russia, China or another country listed in ITAR 126.1.  

Many companies – possibly even your own — will welcome the extension of relief to support ITAR compliance during the pandemic, the announcement of upcoming and permanent revision to the ITAR to support remote work has the potential to significantly modernize practical ITAR compliance. DDTC has temporarily implemented procedures acknowledging the new reality of widespread remote work, including allowing various submissions to be provided electronically and/or via email and sending applicants email scans of certain documents in lieu of hard copy mailings.  

The upcoming rule change could provide significant additional flexibility for U.S. and non-U.S. companies with multinational operations and reduce overall compliance burden, but only if companies are ready and comment to DDTC with concrete suggestions that will meet DDTC’s goal of protecting U.S. national security and foreign policy.  

For help with ITAR and other compliance mandates, 2W Tech has a Cybersecurity Compliance Program that is designed to support our clients’ compliance obligations. Most organizations must abide by and maintain a standard for controls that safeguard the confidentiality and privacy of information stored and processed. We work hand in hand with you to learn more about your required compliances, help obtain proper agreements and access relevant system architecture information. Give us a call today to get started on your journey to achieving compliance. 

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