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Managing ITAR/EAR Complexities (Seminar Level II)

Annapolis, MD, United States

Building on knowledge gained from the ECS Boot Camp while focusing on critical compliance issues, this two-day, hands-on knowledge-sharing event teaches attendees how to classify products as a result of Export Control Reform (ECR). Utilizing scenarios and exercises to teach jurisdictional classification, attendees also learn how to establish a solid export compliance program. Topics include 8 Steps to Self-Classify on the EAR Scenario/Exercise, Order of Review, Specially Designed, Utilizing CCATs, Self-Classify on the ITAR, Conducting Internal Audits and a Comprehensive Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA) workshop.

The two-day seminar includes breakfast, lunch, seminar manual and a current copy of the ITAR. Space is limited. Registration will close once capacity is reached.

Critical Compliance: How to classify your products as a result of Export Control Reform (ECR). 2 Days of hands-on training with scenarios and exercises to assist the student in learning jurisdictional classification. Topics include 8 Steps to Self Classify on the EAR Scenario/Exercise, Order of Review, Specially Designed, Utilizing CCAT's, Self Classify on the ITAR, Conducting Internal Audits and a Comprehensive Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA) workshop.

ITAR/EAR Symposium Topics Include:

Day 1 Topics:

  • Keynote Speaker: Department of Commerce/Office of Export Enforcement (OEE)
  • Building a Trade Compliance Program, Debi Davis TransDigm Inc (To Be Confirmed)
  • Learning to Stay Compliant with Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • "ITAR Free or Not ITAR Free-That is the Question" Scott Jackson, Senior Director, Global Trade Compliance, Curtiss Wright
  • How to Be the Effective Empowered Official
  • Reexports and How to Prevent Unauthorized Exports to China

Day 2 Topics:

  • Update GAO Report: Compliance Best Practices
  • Developing Export Compliance Policies, Procedures, and Work Instructions
  • How to Classify
  • Winning the Contract: Follow-On Actions
  • Managing Foreign Person Employees & Guests
  • Monitoring International Business Travel
  • Comparison of ITAR Exemptions & EAR Exceptions
  • Advisory Opinions & Exports
  • Keeping Required Records & Filing Mandatory Reports
Small group exercises are offered on all days.

"The small group discussions are an extremely effective learning tool. The exercises and small class size are a major plus that keeps us coming back to attend ECS seminars."
Director of Export Compliance, Northrop Grumman

"The venues are always conducive to learning and the quality of instructors as former State Department Licensing Officers is unparalleled."
Program Manager, Military Systems Group


Phil Kuhn is a Special Agent with the Washington Field Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce/Office of Export Enforcement (OEE).  Since joining OEE in early 2003, he has served in a variety of positions in both the field and OEE Headquarters.  SA Kuhn has received multiple Gold Medal awards from the Secretary of Commerce and several Public Service Awards from a variety of United States Attorneys Offices for his work on several high-profile export enforcement cases  He is also is frequently called upon to provide training in counter-proliferation investigations to other Federal law enforcement agencies and has served for several years as a guest instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA.  Prior to joining OEE, he served for several years in the intelligence community.  SA Kuhn is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.

Suzanne Palmer, President, Export Compliance Solutions, a former Licensing Officer at the State Department, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), with 20 years of direct experience in the U.S. defense industry. After leaving the State Department, Ms. Palmer joined Northrop Grumman's Electronic Systems in Baltimore and then went on to work at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. Ms. Palmer combined this unique experience to found ECS in 2003. The ECS team provides training to help compliance officials successfully apply U.S. export control regulations and establish viable export compliance programs. Ms. Palmer has worked on the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG), was appointed to serve as a Special Compliance Officer (SCO) for a company operating under a Consent Agreement and is an active speaker for various professional organizations.

Debi Davis,VP TransDigm Group, is responsible for the oversight of all international trade compliance related functions.. Formerly the VP of Global Compliance for Esterline, UTC and Goodrich Corporations, Debi manages a wide range of functions including export and import compliance; export and import licensing; customs activities; investigations and disclosures; consent agreement compliance and other compliance related activities.

Scott Jackson, is a trade compliance executive with over 19 years of experience leading teams, building sustainable compliance programs and solving complex international trade challenges around the globe.  He is passionate about achieving success through teamwork, optimism and relentless business focus.  Before joining Curtiss-Wright, Scott was Senior Director of International Trade Compliance at Pratt & Whitney, where he provided strategic direction to support the Operations and Engineering business functions, encompassing 6,000 employees across 26 sites worldwide.

Matt Doyle is Senior Manager, Export/Import Compliance, in the Corporate International Trade Compliance Office of Lockheed Martin Corporation in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Doyle has more than twenty-seven (27) years of U.S. federal export and import regulatory experience with major high technology defense and aerospace firms (including nine years with Lockheed Martin; and the remainder with Litton Systems, Inc.; BAE Systems, Inc.; and Raytheon Company). Specific federal export-import regulatory skills and experience include: preparing, review and training on implementation of Technology Transfer Control Plans (TTCPs); Commodity Jurisdiction and Commodity Classification requests; ITAR licenses and agreements and EAR license requests and/or License Exception applicability decisions; licensing strategy for challenging international programs/technologies as well as for congressional notifications; ITAR and EAR compliance audits and self-assessments; pre- and post-M&A export compliance due diligence; ITAR Part 123.9(c) reexport and retransfer authorization requests.

Matthew McGrath counsels companies on export control matters, and also focuses on government contracts and international business transactions. He is experienced in the areas of export controls under the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR); Export Administration Regulations (EAR); Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations, and other related areas of law. He is a member of the technology working group (TWG) for the Militarily Critical Technologies Program (MCTP). Mr. McGrath is also experienced in foreign military sales; international commercial disputes; international finance programs for the Agency for International Development (AID), the Export-Import Bank, the World Bank, and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency; and issues associated with U.S. and foreign government procurement.

Lisa Bencivenga has has over twenty years of varied experience in export/import licensing and compliance issues with major defense contractors. She has had the leading role in developing and implementing internal compliance programs, providing regulatory guidance, instituting license databases, training personnel at all corporate levels, conducting audits requested by clients and/or directed by the U.S. Department of State, coordinating investigations and working closely with legal departments while administering the full spectrum of corporate international export/import activities. She has several years of experience in space-related export issues which includes obtaining and implementing complex licensing arrangements related to spacecraft and launch activities as a result of her employment with Orbital Sciences Corporation and The Boeing Company.

Mal Zerden was the Division Chief of the Aircraft Division in the Department of State's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. During his 27 years in DDTC, Mr. Zerden either licensed or supervised the licensing of almost every category covered by the USML. He reviewed the work of licensing analysts and signed off on Commodity Jurisdiction requests and Agreements. Mr. Zerden interpreted the regulations for U.S. industry, other U.S. Government agencies and foreign governments. He interpreted the ITAR for Customs officials (CBP and ICE) and trained officers from those organizations. He provided support to law enforcement organizations and testified at trials that involved violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).

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Chart House
300 2nd Street, 21403
Annapolis, MD, USA
Free parking in the Chart House parking lot

Hotel Annapolis
126 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
174 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Event details
Organizer : ECS
Event type : Conference
Reference : ASDE-22156