[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 73 (Tuesday, April 15, 2008)]
[Page 20357]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-8070]



[Public Notice 6190]

Policy on Review Time for License Applications

AGENCY: Department of State.

ACTION: Notice.


    In National Security Presidential Directive--56, Defense Trade 
Reform, signed January 22, 2008, the Department of State was directed 
to complete the review and adjudication of license applications within 
60 days of receipt, except in cases where national security exceptions 
apply. The President further directed that these exceptions be 
published. In accordance with that directive, the Directorate of 
Defense Trade Controls has implemented procedures to ensure that this 
60 day requirement is affected, except when the following the national 
security exceptions are applicable:
    (1) When a Congressional Notification is required: The Arms Export 
Control Act Section 36(c) and (d) and the International Traffic in Arms 
Regulations, 22 CFR 123.15, requires a certification be provided to 
Congress prior to granting any license or other approval for 
transactions, if it meets the requirements identified for the sale of 
major defense equipment, manufacture abroad of significant military 
equipment, defense articles and services, or the re-transfer to other 
nations. Notification thresholds differ based on the dollar value, 
countries concerned and defense articles and services.
    (2) Required Government Assurances have not been received. These 
would include, for example, Missile Technology Control Regime 
Assurances, and Cluster Munitions assurances.
    (3) End-use Checks have not been completed. (Commonly referred to 
as ``Blue Lantern'' checks. End-use checks are key to the U.S. 
Government's prevention of illegal defense exports and technology 
transfers, and range from simple contacts to verifying the bona fides 
of a transaction to physical inspection of an export.)
    (4) Department of Defense has notified the Directorate of Defense 
Trade Controls that an overriding national security exception exists.
    (5) Requires a Waiver of Restrictions. (For example, a sanctions 

    Dated: April 8, 2008.
Frank J. Ruggiero,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense Trade and Regional Security, 
Department of State.
 [FR Doc. E8-8070 Filed 4-14-08; 8:45 am]