By Government Contracts Editorial Staff
The Department of State has extended temporary suspensions, modifications, and exceptions of certain provisions of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to provide for continued telework operations during the current SARS-COV2 public health emergency. The notice announces a temporary SME to the requirement that a regular employee, for purposes of ITAR 120.39(a)(2), work at the company’s facilities. The SME allows the employee to work at a remote work location, so long as the individual is not located in Russia or a country listed in ITAR 126.1. A second temporary SME authorizes regular employees of licensed entities who are working remotely in a country not currently authorized by a technical assistance agreement, manufacturing license agreement, or exemption to send, receive, or access any technical data authorized for export, reexport, or retransfer to their employer via a technical assistance agreement, manufacturing license agreement, or exemption so long as the individual is not located in Russia or one of the countries listed in ITAR 126.1. The Department first announced a temporary SME to these telework provisions and other ITAR registrations, licenses, and agreements on May 1, 2020 (85 FR 25287). The extension notice makes no other revisions to the May 1 notice. These extensions are effective as of March 13, 2020, through December 31, 2020. For the text of the notice, see 85 FR 45513.
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