OSA Testimony to U.S. Congress on Export Controls and Small Business

OSA Testimony to U.S. Congress on Export Controls and Small Business

Testimony by OSA Chief Scientist Dr. Greg Quarles on the impact of proposed rules on export regulations to U.S. small businesses. February 2016, 8 pages.

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On 10 February 2016, Dr. Greg Quarles, Chief Scientist for OSA, testified before the House Small Business Committee and outlined three areas where the proposed rule would affect the optics community and small businesses the most:

  • impact on the time to market for regulated products and components
  • the cost of compliance and
  • the need to enhance government export assistance resources, particularly for small business
The Obama Administration released the revised proposed rule for Category XII of the U.S. export regulations and corresponding Department of Commerce proposed rule in the Federal Register on 19 February. These rules control the export and import of defense-related articles and include optics, photonic laser commodities and components, covering a wide range of key photonics areas. There is a short 45-day comment period that closed 4 April 2016.

The proposed rule is part of the Administration's Export Control Reform effort. Category XII was the last category considered due to the complexity of the areas it covers. Last May, a proposed rule was released and OSA and over 100 companies voiced concern with the proposal. OSA partnered with other societies to educate members of Congress about the negative effects the rules would have for the optics and photonics industry. The results include letters by members of Congress from Silicon Valley to the Administration expressing concern over the rules as well.
 

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