WASHINGTON – Today, more than 25 leading business associations urged U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to ensure that the public has adequate time to review and provide feedback on a proposed rulemaking regarding the review of controls for foundational technologies set forth in the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA).
The request comes in anticipation of the next round of rulemaking as part of the modernization of the export control regime through ECRA, which updated the process to address essential national security objectives. For the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding emerging technologies in November, the administration initially allotted 30 days for review and comments, prompting a multi-industry response asking for an extension, which was granted.
“The preparation of industry input in response to the emerging technologies ANPRM provided a window into the complex dimensions of these proposed policy changes,” the associations wrote in a letter sent to Secretary Ross. “As we look to the next phase of this project, we request that BIS set the comment period for the foundational technologies ANPRM to 90 days to ensure our associations and our member companies have adequate time to review the notice and provide comprehensive feedback to address the policy concerns and technological complexities at issue.”
The Department of Commerce has been an engaged partner with industry since the process began late last year, and industry welcomes the opportunity to support the U.S. government in working towards these important national security objectives.
The letter was signed by Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), ACT/ The App Association, Aerospace Industries Association, The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, American Investment Council, Association of Global Automakers, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), BSA/ The Software Alliance, Business Roundtable, The Coalition of Services Industries, Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Consumer Technology Association, CTIA – The Wireless Association, The Cybersecurity Coalition, Internet Association, Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, National Association of Manufacturers, National Venture Capital Association, National Foreign Trade Council, Organization for International Investment, Semiconductor Industry Association, Software and Information Industry Association, TechNet, Telecommunications Industry Association, United States Council for International Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and USTelecom—The Broadband Association.
June 27, 2019
Honorable Wilbur Ross
Secretary of Commerce
1401 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20230
Dear Mr. Secretary:
The undersigned associations write to you in anticipation of the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding the review of controls for foundational technologies set forth in the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA). We thank you for your efforts to fulfill the essential national security objectives behind the ECRA and your department’s willingness to engage with industry throughout this process.
The development of industry input in response to the emerging technologies ANPRM provided a window into the complex dimensions of these proposed policy changes. We thank you for recognizing those challenges and graciously extending the timeframe for interested parties to respond. As we look to the next phase of this project, we request that the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) set the comment period for the foundational technologies ANPRM to 90 days to ensure our associations and our members have adequate time to review the notice and provide comprehensive feedback to address the policy concerns and technological complexities at issue.
We look forward to working with you and BIS to ensure that the government receives the best input it can from all available sources about foundational technologies as laid out in the ECRA.
ACT | The App Association
Aerospace Industries Association
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
American Investment Council
Association of Global Automakers
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
BSA | The Software Alliance
Coalition of Services Industries (CSI)
Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
Consumer Technology Association
The Cybersecurity Coalition
Information Technology Industry Council
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association
National Association of Manufacturers
National Venture Capital Association
National Foreign Trade Council
Organization for International Investment
Semiconductor Industry Association
Software and Information Industry Association
Telecommunications Industry Association
United States Council for International Business
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
USTelecom—The Broadband Association
Cc: The Honorable Nazak Nikakhtar, Undersecretary of Commerce for Industry and Security
The Honorable Rich Ashooh, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration