Future of BIS

A little known bureau within the Department of Commerce called the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is on the front lines for strategic trade control. While actions it’s involved with, such as Entity List designations, may be better known, its stated mission is to “advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership.”

In recent weeks, the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times have speculated about who will be tapped to lead the 450-person bureau, which can now impose restrictions for human rights reasons. Beyond questions about who will be at the helm, additional questions about the bureau’s role in policy, if it’s housed in the right department, if it has the resources it needs to address today’s challenges, and more are being raised.

China Tech Threat is examining these questions and sharing insight and resources on the #FutureOfBIS here.

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