By Howard Schneider
Washington Post Staff Writer
August 30, 2010
The Obama administration is overhauling the decades-old rules for the
export of sensitive military and other technology, jettisoning what
industry groups criticize as an antiquated "Cold War" set of regulations
for a more streamlined approach.
After a year-long review by officials at the State, Defense and Commerce
departments, President Obama is scheduled to announce plans Tuesday to
consolidate some enforcement activities in a single agency and develop a
clearer list of products whose sale is restricted.
U.S. export controls cover tens of thousands of products and services
and are overseen by three agencies. It is a system U.S. businesses say
often leaves them hamstrung, even when it comes to selling
less-sensitive items that are readily available in other industrialized
Over the years, different parts of the federal government have developed
"very different control lists, with agencies fighting over who has
jurisdiction," Obama said in remarks released by the White House and
scheduled to be delivered by video to an export conference Tuesday.
"Decisions were delayed, sometimes for years, and industries lost their
edge or moved abroad."
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