TOMORROW! Free Webinar with Catherine Hamilton (U.S. Dept. of State), Matt Borman (U.S. Dept. of Commerce), and Candace Goforth



Upcoming COMPLIANCE CONTINUED: Webinar Series for Export Practitioner Events



FEBRUARY 9, 2022 | 2:00 P.M. EST

Export Compliance 2022: 2021 in Review and a Look Forward

Join Matt Borman (U.S. Department of Commerce) and Catherine Hamilton (U.S. Department of State) in conversation with Candace Goforth as they discuss export control trends in 2021 and expectations for 2022 and beyond.

Registration is FREE and open to the public with limited spaces.

During this 2022 kickoff event, Content Enablers’ COMPLIANCE CONTINUED subscribers and guests will hear from the U.S. government and industry on current and upcoming regulatory changes in export compliance. Specifically, the panelists will focus on changes and trends in 2021 and expectations for 2022 and beyond:

Recap of 2021 Regulatory Changes and Trends

In 2021, we observed the continued expansion of restricted party lists and the designation of higher profile and important individuals and businesses, as well as significant changes in prohibited destinations under the ITAR. These changes led to the discontinued use of EAR license exceptions and expansion of the Military End User rule under EAR 744. The drawdown in Afghanistan tested the flexibility of the regulations for the U.S. government and industry alike, ultimately leading to exceptions to provide for successful resolution. As the pandemic continued, the U.S. government proposed regulatory changes to account for remote-access requirements among industry. The panelists will review the underlying issues that precipitated these activities and the process for implementation.

Looking Ahead at 2022 and Beyond

The last several years have been relatively quiet concerning revisions to the ITAR and USML, but that appears to be changing with the publication of a Federal Register notice outlining several initiatives for DDTC in 2022. These initiatives include the eagerly anticipated reorganization of the ITAR, starting with the Part 120 definitions, as well as the previously announced consolidation of exemptions. These changes will have a significant impact on industry compliance and implementation. In addition to reviewing possible revisions to ITAR Parts 123-125 – such as incorporating web guidance – DDTC is contemplating a pilot program that would introduce a new authorization mechanism akin to the general license options utilized by allies. Other initiatives involving responses to public comments received on brokering are also under consideration. The Department of Commerce anticipates further movement on the rules related to emerging and foundational technologies as well as the creation of new license exception ACE for Authorized Cybersecurity Exports.


Matt Borman
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration | U.S. Department of Commerce

Matt currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. In this position‚ he is responsible for implementing the Bureau of Industry and Security’s controls on the export of dual-use and military items for national security‚ foreign policy‚ nonproliferation‚ and short supply reasons. In addition‚ he oversees BIS programs to ensure that industrial resources are available to meet national and economic security requirements‚ and BIS implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and the Additional Protocol to the U.S.-IAEA Agreement. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Assistant Secretary‚ he served as Acting Chief of the Enforcement and Litigation Division of the Office of Chief Counsel for Export Administration. In 2017, Matt received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service. Recipients of this prestigious award are strong leaders, professionals, and scientists who achieve results and consistently demonstrate strength, integrity, industry, and a relentless commitment to excellence in public service. He received his B.A. in History from Northwestern University‚ his M.A. from Northeastern University‚ and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Cat Hamilton
Director of Licensing – Directorate of Defense Trade Controls | U.S. Department of State

A career civil servant, Cat joined the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) in 2007 and holds the position of Director of Licensing. Her current portfolio includes providing regulatory guidance on defense trade to industry, international partners, and government agencies, as well as overseeing commercial sales requiring congressional review. She previously led the Space, Missile, and Sensor Systems Division, where she was responsible for the overall operation of the team, including the review and adjudication of export licensing requests involving some of the most sensitive technology on the U.S. Munitions List. Previous positions in DDTC include serving as liaison to the interagency, National Security Council-chartered Missile Technology Export Control (MTEC) working group, which reviews export requests relevant to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR). Prior to joining DDTC, Cat held positions with the Office of Intelligence for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the Office of Criminal Investigations for the Food and Drug Administration; and the Department of Defense. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Criminal Justice.

Candace Goforth
Advisory Board Chair | Content Enablers

A highly respected advisor and industry expert in U.S. export laws and regulations, Candace writes and develops much of Content Enablers’ trade compliance training content. She is also Managing Director of Goforth Trade Advisors LLC, where she advises her U.S. and non-U.S. clients on the strategic application of U.S. import and export laws and regulations. Candace previously spent 15 years at the U.S. Department of State, advancing through the organization to become the Director for Defense Trade Controls Policy. During her government tenure, she held positions in all areas of licensing, compliance, and policy for defense trade. A graduate of the George Washington University, Candace holds a master’s degree in security policy studies, with concentrations in international security policy, transnational security, and political psychology.