FLC Webinar: Principles of the U.S. Export Control System

May 10, 2022

FLC Webinar: Principles of the U.S. Export Control System

The U.S. government controls the export of commercial and less-sensitive military items through the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). These regulations also govern domestic transfers of technology when the recipient is not a U.S. person. These transfers, called “deemed exports,” may require prior authorization before information can be shared.

This session will provide a framework for better understanding the national security-, foreign policy- and nonproliferation-based controls in the EAR. The goal will be to help you identify which transfers are subject to these regulations, what constitutes a transfer, when prior authorization is required, and how to go about getting that authorization. While the presentation is intended to cover the basic principles of the regulations, there will be time for Q&A to discuss recent developments in the export control arena, including the controls placed on Russia and the effort to identify and establish appropriate export controls on “emerging technologies.”

Speaker: Michael Hoffman


Michael Hoffman is the Director of the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Western Regional Office. "BIS West" provides guidance to industry on U.S. national security, foreign policy, and nonproliferation-based trade regulations and policies.

In previous management positions, Michael set up and managed the agency's Eastern Regional Office to provide counseling services throughout New England and New York. In Washington, D.C., he served as the director of the agency's special licensing branch, where he was responsible for managing a licensing program that authorized over $40 billion in exports annually.

Michael received a Master's Degree in government from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.