Export Control

“Export controls” refer to U.S. laws and regulations that control the conditions under which certain technology, commodities and software can be transmitted overseas to individuals, including U.S. citizens, or to a foreign national on U.S. soil.  Consequences for violating export control laws and regulations are severe, and may include criminal penalties for the individuals who violate them.  For more information on Export Controls, visit the Office of Research Compliance and Training website.  Here are a few recent cases of export control issues:


Export Control Cases

Georgia Institute of Technology – In 2009, Georgia Tech allowed Internet users in 36 countries, including China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan, to view sensitive information on infrared technology used in weapons-aiming systems that was intended only for federal employees and contractors.  The State Department stated that it had determined that violations had occurred.  Read the Bloomberg article.

J. Reece Roth  – In 2008, retired University of Tennessee professor J. Reece Roth was found guilty of violations of the Arms Export Control Act, including passing sensitive information from a U.S Air Force contract to research assistants from China and Iran, and of taking sensitive documents to China on his laptop.  In January 2012, he began serving a four-year sentence in federal prison.  Read the Washington Post article.