Even though most research and development conducted at NCAR|UCAR is not subject to export control restrictions, it is important for scientists, engineers, technical, and support staff to be aware of UCAR’s policy, procedures, and guidance regarding compliance with federal export control laws and regulations. We're here to help.
Export control laws are a complex set of federal regulations designed to protect U.S. national security; to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; to further U.S. foreign policy including the support of international agreements, human rights and regional stability; and to maintain U.S. economic competitiveness. Export control laws govern how information, technologies, and commodities can be transmitted overseas to anyone, including U.S. citizens, or to foreign nationals in the U.S.
Atmospheric research is subject to export control laws including:
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which is part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, is responsible for administering and enforcing economic and trade sanctions against certain nations, entities, and individuals.
Export control laws may apply to research activities at UCAR facilities, to the temporary export of controlled UCAR-owned equipment (including laptop computers containing controlled software or technical data), and to the shipment of research materials to foreign collaborators.
Failure to comply with export control laws can result in severe consequences for NCAR/UCP/UCAR as well as the individual researcher(s), including fines of up to $1 million per violation, up to 20 years imprisonment, and debarment from future exporting activities.
A number of resources are available to help NCAR|UCAR researchers and administrators become more aware of the issues surrounding Export Controls and to provide assistance in determining when the regulations are applicable.