Past event: Mastering ITAR/EAR Challenges

How to Handle a Visit from the Office of Export Enforcement, Voluntary Disclosures, Comparisons of Exemptions and Exceptions, International Business Travel and More!

This advanced ITAR/EAR compliance seminar draws on the experiences of current and former U.S. Government officials. Designed to bring attention to the latest compliance topics and familiarize attendees with significant compliance specialist challenges, this seminar uses small group exercises to encourage team building and effective management practices. Topics include Post Export Control Reform: Transition Issues to Consider, Role of Empowered Officials, On-Site Visits, Submitting Voluntary Disclosures to Commerce and State, Advanced Agreement Workshop, EAR Enforcement, Compliance, and Brokering.

Agenda Topics

DAY 1: Tuesday, October 11th:
  • Key Note Presentation: Phil Kuhn, Special Agent, Washington Field Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Export Enforcement (OEE)
  • State/DDTC and Commerce/BIS Regulatory Updates
  • Capturing the Nuts & Bolts of a Voluntary Self Disclosure (VSD)
  • Exercise 1
  • Can You Match the ITAR Exemptions to the EAR Exceptions?
  • Cutting Edge Compliance: Why We Need to Safeguard Technical Data
  • Exercise 2
  • On the Road Again: Monitoring International Business Travel
DAY 2: Wednesday, October 12th:
  • Drafting the Exemplary Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA)”
  • Exercise 3
  • How National Security Plays a Roles in Your Compliance Program
  • Are You Secure-Compliance Risks in the Cloud
  • Why Do I Need a Technology Control Plan?
  • Exercise
  • "Top Ten Violations to Avoid"


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.

Lisa Bencivenga has over twenty seven 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.

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The Chart House-Spa Creek
300 2nd Street, 21403
Annapolis, MD, USA

Hotels (via
Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis: $233

Graduate Annapolis: $236
Event details
Organizer : ECS
Event type : Training Course
Reference : ASDE-23157