2019-04263. 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Disclosure of Violations of the Arms Export Control Act  

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    ACTION:

    Notice of request for public comment.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.

    DATES:

    The Department will accept comments from the public up to May 7, 2019.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

    • Web: Persons with access to the internet may comment on this notice by going to www.Regulations.gov. You can search for the document by entering “Docket Number: DOS-2018-0060” in the Search field. Then click the “Comment Now” button and complete the comment form.
    • Email: DDTCPublicComments@state.gov.
    • Regular Mail: Send written comments to: Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Department of State; 2401 E St. NW, Suite H1205, Washington, DC 20522.

    You must include the DS form number, information collection title, and the OMB control number in any correspondence.

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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Direct requests for additional information regarding the collection listed in this notice, including requests for copies of the proposed collection instrument and supporting documents, to Andrea Battista, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Department of State, who may be reached at battistaAL@state.gov.

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    • Title of Information Collection: Disclosure of Violations of the Arms Export Control Act.
    • OMB Control Number: 1405-0179.
    • Type of Request: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection.
    • Originating Office: T/PM/DDTC.
    • Form Number: DS-7787.
    • Respondents: Individuals and companies engaged in the business of exporting or temporarily importing defense hardware or defense technology data who have committed an ITAR violation.
    • Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,500.
    • Estimated Number of Responses: 700.
    • Average Time per Response: 10 hours.
    • Total Estimated Burden Time: 7,000 hours.
    • Frequency: On occasion.
    • Obligation to Respond: Voluntary.

    We are soliciting public comments to permit the Department to:

    • Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is necessary for the proper functions of the Department.
    • Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the time and cost burden for this proposed collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used.
    • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected.
    • Minimize the reporting burden on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Please note that comments submitted in response to this Notice are public record. Before including any detailed personal information, you should be aware that your comments as submitted, including your personal information, will be available for public review.

    Abstract of Proposed Collection

    The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), located in the Political-Military Affairs Bureau of the Department of State, encourages voluntary disclosures of violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) (22 U.S.C. 2751 et seq.), its implementing regulations, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR 120-130), and any regulation, order, license, or other authorization issued thereunder. The information disclosed is analyzed by DDTC to ultimately determine whether to take administrative action concerning any violation that may have occurred. Voluntary disclosure may be considered a mitigating factor in determining the administrative penalties, if any, that may be imposed. Failure to report a violation may result in circumstances detrimental to the U.S. national security and foreign policy interests and will be an adverse factor in determining the appropriate disposition of such violations. Also, the activity in question might merit referral to the Department of Justice for consideration of whether criminal prosecution is warranted. In such cases, DDTC will notify the Department of Justice of the voluntary nature of the disclosure, but the Department of Justice is not required to give that fact any weight.

    ITAR § 127.12 enunciates the information which should accompany a voluntary disclosure. Historically, respondents to this information collection submitted their disclosures to DDTC in writing via hard copy documentation. However, as part of an IT modernization project designed to streamline the collection and use of information by DDTC, a discrete form has been developed for the submission of voluntary disclosures. This will allow both DDTC and respondents submitting a disclosure to more easily track submissions.

    Methodology

    This information will be collected by electronic submission.

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    Anthony Dearth,

    Chief of Staff, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Department of State.

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    [FR Doc. 2019-04263 Filed 3-7-19; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Published:
03/08/2019
Department:
State Department
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Notice of request for public comment.
Document Number:
2019-04263
Dates:
The Department will accept comments from the public up to May 7, 2019.
Pages:
8558-8558 (1 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Public Notice 10640
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2019-04263.pdf