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About Export Control Reform

In August 2009, the President directed a broad-based interagency review of the U.S. export control system, with the goal of strengthening national security and the competitiveness of key U.S. manufacturing and technology sectors by focusing on current threats, as well as adapting to the changing economic and technological landscape. This review determined that the current export control system is overly complicated, contains too many redundancies, and, in trying to protect too much, diminishes our ability to focus our efforts on the most critical national security priorities.

As a result, the Administration launched the Export Control Reform Initiative (ECR Initiative), which will fundamentally reform the U.S. export control system. The ECR Initiative, which is not related to the President’s National Export Initiative, is designed to enhance U.S. national security and strengthen the United States’ ability to counter threats such as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The Administration is implementing the reform in three phases. Phases I and II reconcile various definitions, regulations, and policies for export controls, all the while building toward Phase III, which will create a single control list, single licensing agency, unified information technology system, and enforcement coordination center.

For additional background information on ECR, please visit the ECR Library.

Task Force Agencies

The Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security

The Department of Defense , Defense Technology Security Administration

The Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls and Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation

The Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration

The Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Directorate of Science and Technology

The Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Security Division

Office of Management and Budget

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

The Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control


International Export Control Agreements and Regimes

Australia Group

Missile Technology Control Regime

Nuclear Suppliers Group

Wassenaar Arrangement