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Jennifer Saak is the Managing Director of Traliance, a firm she founded that provides trade compliance services for research and technology organizations in industry and higher education. Dr. Saak has nearly 20 years of experience in driving export controls compliance and conducting scientific research at Fortune 500 companies. She has led an expor...t controls risk assessment for a leading $500 million research enterprise in the biomedical sector and developed innovative training videos for a major U.S. research university. Dr. Saak has designed and delivered training on export controls compliance for teams based in the United States, Europe, Saudi Arabia, India, China, and Japan. Her expertise is in export compliance risk assessments, commodity and technology classifications, deemed exports, technology control plans, and business process improvements. Prior to forming Traliance, Dr. Saak was the Technology Trade Compliance Leader of a $50 billion multi-national petrochemical company based in Saudi Arabia. In that role, she created and led a team responsible for developing export compliance processes for sites located in 10 different countries. Dr. Saak created a global classification process for a product and technology portfolio regulated by multiple export control classification numbers. She also implemented user permission models for U.S.-based IT systems with hundreds of global users. Previously, Dr. Saak worked as a research engineer with General Electric (GE), developing advanced polymeric and ceramic materials for various industries, including transportation, energy, automotive, pharmaceutical, and consumer electronics. Dr. Saak provides trade compliance education through speaking engagements with various organizations, such as the Society of Research Administrators International, and has joined the Global Training Center as an instructor. She has 7 U.S. and international patents, 6 technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, and multiple management and innovation awards. Dr. Saak earned a Ph.D. in materials engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in materials engineering from Cornell University. She is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt with a focus on business process improvements. More
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EAR vs. ITAR Compliance: Can You Name 5 Differences?

EAR vs. ITAR Compliance: Can You Name 5 Differences?
Compliance to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) are rooted in the same concept behind many government regulations:  Sometimes you need to ask the government for permission before doing something. Especially if that “something” can potentially endanger others…even if your particular activity means no harm.  The tricky part is figuring out when you need to ask for permission.   #1:  Who’s in Charge? While both the EAR and ITAR are...
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Which Export Classification? ECCN vs Schedule B

Not all export classifications are the same. Do you understand which export classification is needed for your international shipment, export of technology, or deemed export transactions? Here are 4 key points about U.S. export classification numbers that will help you figure out which number is relevant – and when. We explain the difference between these export numbers, what these export classification numbers stand for, the government regulations in which they are rooted, and when you...
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Export Controls: 5 Ways to Monitor Changing U.S. Regulations in the Coming Year

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Now is the time to think strategically about the new year.  How will you stay on top of dynamic export controls regulations and remain compliant?  As the Export Control Reform (ECR) Initiative continues, there are still some crucial pending changes that affect both companies and universities in research and technology.  These future updates include a clarification on the ITAR’s definition of “fundamental research” and the transition of certain items from the ITAR’s United States Munitions...
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Turn COMPLAIN into COMPLIANCE: Building an Export Controls Compliance Program That Works

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Why is a culture of compliance seemingly more easy to achieve at some companies versus others? Are there basic principles to consider, regardless of the specific regulatory area? Government regulations don’t always “make sense” to the people that need to follow them. Thus, following the rules and regulations aren’t always easy. And if people across an organization don’t follow the rules…well, that’s where potential risks turn into actual compliance gaps and eventually to violations. Sensible...
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Export Compliance Spelled Out

Export Compliance Spelled Out
Are you new to government export regulations? It can be quite challenging to get your hands around export compliance and export controls. This is especially true if export compliance just one of your responsibilities. Where do you start among the hundreds of pages in the Code of Federal Regulations? What is really important and relevant to your company, university, or institution? Try following these six key principles to start building a strong and effective Export Compliance Program. E Explain the...
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Ten Tips for Managing Export Controlled Technology

Ten Tips for Managing Export Controlled Technology
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR)1 regulates both the export of physical commodities (think goods and equipment) as well as the transfer of software and intangible technical information associated with those products. The EAR imposes requirements for transferring export controlled “technology”2 outside of the U.S., as well to foreign nationals physically present in the U.S. The latter transfer is “deemed” to be an export, and thus the regulation is commonly referred to...
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Five Best Practices for Export Compliance Leaders

1. Proactively Conduct Risk Assessments  Create a strong foundation by garnering support or sponsorship by senior leaders.  Determine which sites or departments have the greatest potential to generate – or license in - export controlled goods, technology, and software within the organization.  Investigate administrative processes that support international shipments, purchasing, and international travel for the researchers, engineers, and scientists.  Revisit the risk assessment on periodic basis to document mitigation actions, reevaluate the level of risk...
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How to Classify Under the EAR: Top 5 Tips

How to Classify Under the EAR: Top 5 Tips
The Commerce Control List (CCL) under the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations (EAR), can be challenging to wrap one’s arms around. For those just starting to address export controls compliance, the vastness and scientific nature of the export control classification numbers (ECCNs) on the CCL are daunting. The on-going Export Control Reform effort has added further classification requirements to digest . These tips can help guide research and development organizations that are seeking...
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Path to Uncovering Export Controls Compliance Risks

Path to Uncovering Export Controls Compliance Risks
U.S. export controls regulations encompass the transfer of tangible items, software, and technical data, outside and within the country. The handling of export controlled commodities is not limited to commercially available items. Developmental products still in the R&D phase that are transferred for testing purposes and no-charge customer samples face the same requirements as commercial products. The in-country transfer of export controlled technology is rooted in the “deemed export rule” where the recipient’s citizenship is...
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