Last week, MEMA joined a coalition of leading technology and business associations asking the Department of Commerce to extend the comment period for the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding the review of controls for emerging technologies set forth in the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (ECRA).
ECRA creates permanent statutory authority for U.S. export controls on commercial, dual-use, and less sensitive military items and establishes a formal interagency process for identifying emerging and foundational technologies that are essential to U.S. national security and provides authority for tightening export controls on countries subject to U.S. arms embargoes.
The ANPRM was published on November 19 and seeks feedback from industry stakeholders in identifying emerging technologies. Comments are due on December 19. There are 14 different categories of technology that the Commerce Department has identified as potentially containing technologies to control: biotechnology; artificial intelligence; position, navigation and timing; advanced computing; data analytics; quantum information and sensing; logistics; additive manufacturing; robotics; brain-computer interface; hypersonics; advanced materials; and advanced surveillance.
Given the legitimate and complex issues surrounding the request for information on emerging technologies, the coalition letter calls for a comment period of 90 days instead of the original 30. You can view the letter here.
MEMA is working with member companies to submit comments on the ANPRM. For more information on these activities, contact Catherine Boland.