I am pleased to share with you a new periodical, "World Export Controls Review - the journal of export controls and compliance," published by Brightlaw Media Ltd., London, England. The first issue published in March 2011 is free. The April 2011 publication contains my article entitled "Responding to an Administrative Subpoena Issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), U.S. Department of the Treasury."
The International Bar Association's 2nd Conference of the Americas takes place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Miami, Florida, May 4-6, 2011. The inaugural Conference of the Americas took place in Mexico City in 2008. The International Bar Association (IBA) is the largest legal organization in the world.
On April 14, 2011, in Washington, D.C., David Mills, the new Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Department of Commerce, and his Special Advisor, Bob Rarog, explained the enforcement priorities of BIS, as established by Eric Hirshorn, who was just sworn in as Under Secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) on April 2, 2010, after being appointed by Presdent Obama. This event was part of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law's Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee.
In my recent blog post entitled "The 3 Dirty Words Unspoken by U.S. Customs Commissioner Bersin", I had advised that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin had established some priorities. One of the most prominent action steps already implemented by Commissioner Bersin was to reassign Todd Owen from his position as Executive Director for Cargo and Conveyance Security at CBP Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to become the new Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles, California.
At the annual meeting of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin gave a surprisingly frank speech. He used the familiar phrases of "global supply chain security," the need "to protect the homeland from dangerous people and dangerous things," and "risk management". Only after he finished 60 minutes of speaking did I realize that he omitted saying the three dirty words that were the bedrock of every CBP Commissioner since the tragic events of 9/11.