Export control compliance has become a serious topic for universities and science laboratories. The days of wholesale reliance on the fundamental research exclusion are behind us, and export control failures and violations can result in severe consequences for both Berkeley Lab and our personnel. You can be criminally prosecuted for violations that can result in fines and prison sentences. The Lab, as an institution, can be fined thousands of dollars and have its reputation tarnished, resulting in the loss of additional funding. Our reputation is one of our greatest assets, and we all share in the responsibility of protecting it.
To meet the national security and foreign policy objectives of export regulations in our Prime Contract, we rely on Shilpani Perera, our Chief Export Compliance Officer, to implement an effective Export Control Compliance Program.
To help ensure success and facilitate compliance in this area, we need your help. Routine daily activities at Berkeley Lab subject to export controls include, but are not limited to:
- Research collaborations and agreements
- Technology and material transfers
- International travel
- Foreign visits and assignments
- Purchases, financial transactions, and shipping
Compliance with export control regulations requires the cooperation and shared responsibility of many offices and persons across Berkeley Lab. You and others in your division may be asked to work with and support the Export Compliance Office’s activities — such as when policies, procedures, and processes are implemented or changed to meet regulatory objectives. To learn more about export controls, visit the export control website or contact the Export Compliance Office at email@example.com.
Your cooperation is vital, and I look forward to your leadership and assistance in these activities.