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GAO Report on International Arms Trafficking Regulations

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a new report of interest entitled “GAO-23-106379 Export Controls: State Needs to Improve Compliance Data to Enhance Oversight of Defense…

GAO Report on International Arms Trafficking Regulations

GAO Report on International Arms Trafficking Regulations
Bill Kobren
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a new report of interest entitled “GAO-23-106379 Export Controls: State Needs to Improve Compliance Data to Enhance Oversight of Defense Services”.

According to the GAO, “U.S. companies or individuals that sell certain defense services, like military training, to foreign buyers often need permission first from the State Department, which enforces U.S. International Arms Trafficking Regulations. According to (the Department of) State, from FYs 2013-2021, it received 8,547 voluntary disclosures of potential regulation violations from exporters. However, (the Department of) State said it could not readily provide data from its compliance database on how many disclosures or potential violations involved defense services. Without such data, (the Department of) State will have difficulty assessing defense services export trends and risks. Our recommendations address this issue.”