Export Compliance in the Smithsonian Environment Export Compliance News
 

As a research organization, Smithsonian Institution (SI) is required by federal law to safeguard and obtain approval for the transfer of export-controlled hardware, software and technical data to non-US persons. This applies to projects that are outside of the "fundamental research" parameters. Export controls present unique challenges to SI: They require balancing publication and open dissemination of research findings and results, (often with non-US persons), with export control requirements. The objective of the federal regulations are to reduce the risk to national security and U.S. economic vitality by restricting the transfer of technology to non-US persons from certain countries.

IF YOU ARE NEW TO EXPORT COMPLIANCE, READ THIS:

WHY COMPLIANCE MATTERS

A violation of these regulations may lead to loss of research funding, significant monetary penalties, and in some cases, individual criminal action imposed by the U.S. Government if there is evidence that the act was determined to be willful.

CONTACT THE EXPORT COMPLIANCE OFFICER FOR ASSISTANCE

The SI Export Compliance Officer (ECO) is responsible for the day-to-day export/import operations and compliance oversight. Natascha Finnerty, the ECO, will assist you with understanding the requirements, answer questions, identify ITAR- or EAR-controlled items/technical data that SI handles, apply for the appropriate licenses, and prepare Technology Control Plans (TCP), as necessary.

Contact: Natascha Finnerty, Export Compliance Officer
nfinnerty@cfa.harvard.edu, (617) 496-7557, MS 23

IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN SPACE AND ASTRONOMY PROGRAMS

If you are involved in space and astronomy programs, review this list of possible export controlled items:

IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN GENERAL SCIENTIFIC AND LIFE SCIENCES RESEARCH

If you are involved in general scientific and life sciences research, review these lists of laboratory equipment, pathogens, and instruments that are export controlled:

IF YOU NEED TO IMPORT OR EXPORT ITEMS

IF YOU DEAL WITH SANCTIONED COUNTRIES

If your program has any involvement with countries or persons from sanctioned countries--Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria--contact the ECO by email or at (617) 496-7557.

HOW TO CHECK THE GOVERNMENT RESTRICTED PARTIES LIST

Instructions for checking the Restricted Parties List MS Worddoc version.

  • Instructions for Denied Persons Screening through MKDenial: .PDF PDF version.

TRAVELING WITH A MOBILE DEVICE THAT HAS EXPORT CONTROLLED DATA

 

Export Compliance News and Updates

  • State & Commerce Announce Review of Space Export Controls Concerning Space Telescopes (April 2019)
  • SAO Technology Control Plan now available in Policies & Procedures (March 2019)
  • Commerce Awards India Cooperating Country Status (Aug. 2018)
  • Commerce Punishes China by Adding 44 Chinese Entities to Entities List (Aug. 2018)
  • Local Chinese National Arrested for Conspiring to Illegally Export (June 2018)
  • Chinese Officials Ask US to Amend 7-Year Ban onf ZTE Products (May 4)
  • State Dept. Changes to Unmanned Aerial Systems Export Policy (April 30)
  • White House Considers Restricting Chinese Researchers Over Espionage Fears (April 30)
  • FLIR Fined by SEC and Justice Dept. For Bribery and Export Violations (April 25)
  • Treasury Designates Russian Oligarchs, Officials, and Entities (April 2018)
  • ZTE Corporation Agrees to Plead Gulity & Pay Over $430.4M for Violating US Sanctions (March 7)
  • Changes in Export Controls for Cuba (Nov. 8, 2017)

 
 

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