In This Week's Issue


November 3, 2014

Judge in Fokker Case Still Deciding on Settlement
D.C. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon is still debating whether to accept or reject the government’s deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with Fokker Services B.V. on...

TPP Ministers Play Hot Potato on Difficult Issues
After several years of negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and dozens of negotiating rounds, all negotiators are telling the public are buzzwords and...

Justice Opposes Sale of Wind Farm Project Blocked by CFIUS
Although President Obama issued an order blocking Ralls Corp.’s investment in an Oregon wind farm in 2012 for national security reasons after a finding by the Committee on...

Display Technology Firms Caught in CJ Dispute
Firms that make electronic display system used in viewfinders from camcorders and projectors to heads-up displays in cockpits on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and helmet-mounted...

Wolf Defends Developmental Research Language in New Rules
BIS Assistant Secretary Kevin Wolf defended the developmental research restrictions being added to U.S. Munitions List (USML) chapters against academic and research...

Draft Suspension Agreement on Mexican Sugar: Trick or Treat?
As expected, proposed suspension agreements between Commerce and Mexican sugar producers to put aside the antidumping and countervailing duty (CVD) cases against...

LDCs Raise Concerns About Direction of WTO
Least developed country (LDC) members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are concerned the deadlock over the trade facilitation agreement reached at the Bali ministerial...

Wassenaar Agreement on Machine Tools Still Up in Air
An experts group meeting of Wassenaar Arrangement members in September apparently failed to reach consensus on a proposal to revise the control requirements for certain...

Agencies Remain Divided on New Cybersecurity Controls
An interagency decision on how to control cybersecurity software, which was supposed to be issued in September, may be getting close but is still being debated. “I suspect it...

IBM’s Sale of Chip Unit Will Get CFIUS Review
IBM’s proposed sale of its Microelectronics OEM semiconductor business and manufacturing operations to Global Foundries, which is partly owned by an Abu Dhabi sovereign...

BIS Reviewing EAR to Find “Stray” Country Groups
BIS has launched a review of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to find places where the rules have created “stray” country groups through years of writing...

Briefs: Government Procurement, OFAC, FCPA, EU, ITA, BIS, CIT

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