May 3: General Conference

7:00AM–5:00PM:  Registration
7:00AM–5:00PM:  Exhibit Hall
8:00AM–9:00AM: Breakfast

Breakfast Roundtables

AMA: Ask Me Anything about Export Compliance (for New ECOs)
University Suite

Josef Mejido, University of Rochester
Amy Weber, University of Arizona


The Art of Contract Review from an Export Compliance Perspective
William Penn

Mary Millsaps, North Carolina State University
Marsha Pesch, University of Florida

Contracting from an EC Perspective

Mitigating Risk

Carter Post, University of Florida

Morning Plenary: 8:15AM–9:45AM

Agency Updates
8:15AM–9:45AM; Ben Ballroom 1, 2, 3

Karen Nies-Vogel, BIS
Todd Willis, DDTC
Jeffrey Trettin, DDTC

BIS Agency Updates
DDTC Agency Updates

Concurrent Sessions: 10:00AM–11:30AM

Agency Coordination of Disclosure Requirements in Response to Foreign Influence
10:00AM–11:30AM; Ben Ballroom 1, 2, 3

Rebecca Keiser, National Science Foundation
Bindu Nair, Department of Defense
Christine Ciocca Eller, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Representatives from OSTP, NSF, and DoD will discuss the implementation of NSPM-33 and how universities can work together with the U.S. Government as Federal Agencies work to harmonize their disclosure requirements and formats.

Rebecca Keiser Presentation

Online International Graduate Degree Programs
10:00AM–11:30AM; Ben Ballroom 4, 5

Krista Campeau, Michigan State University
Patrick Briscoe, University of Minnesota
Lori Scheetz, Wiley Rein

The transition to remote learning during COVID-19-related shutdowns highlighted the need for new compliance processes involving Restricted Party Screening, navigating regulations regarding comprehensively embargoed countries, working with students facing visa delays and denials, and more. How does a university navigate these issues while keeping to the mission of education? This session will discuss a series of case studies involving international online learning and different risk tolerances in these areas, as well as proposed compliance processes to mitigate risk and allow internationally located students to pursue graduate degrees online.

Online International Graduate Degree Programs

Lunch: 11:45AM–1:00PM

Dr. Christina Ciocca Eller serves as Assistant Director, Evidence and Policy, and Senior Advisor for Social and Behavioral Sciences at the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC). In that capacity, she develops and oversees evidence-based policy strategy, practice, assessment, and evaluation. She additionally serves as a co-chair of the NSTC Subcommittee on Research Security, which recently released Implementation Guidance on National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM)-33. As part of her research security work, she particularly focuses on connecting and communicating with the U.S. research community. A sociologist of social inequality and higher education organizations by training, Dr. Ciocca Eller is on public service leave from her role in the departments of Sociology and Social Studies at Harvard University.

Plenary Session: 1:15PM–2:30PM

Foreign Interference: National Security and Open Science

1:15PM–2:30PM; Ben Ballroom 1–3

Jeanette McMillian, National Counterintelligence and Security Center
David Isaacson, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Carl McCants, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

A fireside chat providing thoughts and perspectives on national security and open science.

National Security and Open Science-ODNI

Concurrent Sessions: 2:45PM–3:45PM

Anatomy of a Foreign Influence Investigation

2:45PM–3:45PM; Ben Ballroom 1–3

Michael Vernick, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Marta Thompson, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

This session will discuss the current landscape of foreign influence investigations with a particular focus on practical tips and guidance.  Topics covered will include: managing the target faculty, working with internal stakeholders, dealing with regulators, and mitigating institutional risks.

Anatomy of a Foreign Influence Investigation

Multilateral Regimes for Export Regulations

2:45PM–3:45PM; Ben Ballroom 4–5

John Varesi, US Department of Commerce, Bureau Of Industry and Security
Wesley Johnson, US Department of Commerce, Bureau Of Industry and Security

The multilateral non-proliferation regimes are important resources for identifying export-controlled dual-use and munitions items. The four regimes – Australia Group (AG), Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), and Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) – each have a specific focus, resulting in a complementary set of lists specifying items of concern. When taken together, these lists provide much of the comprehensive coverage of dual-use and military hardware, software and technology found on the Commerce Control List (CCL) and the United States Munitions List (USML). Representatives from the Department of Commerce (DoC) Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS) will review the basic workings of the regimes and the items they cover. BIS representatives will also describe how the outputs from the regimes intersect with U.S. export controls.

Multilateral Regimes for Export Regulation

EIFEC Resource: Alphabetical Index of Dual Use Items

Concurrent Sessions: 4:00PM–5:00PM

Implementing a Research Security Program

4:00PM–5:00PM; Ben Ballroom 1–3

Kristin West, Council on Governmental Relations
Michael Vernick, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

This session will discuss the NSPM-33 implementation guidance’s impact on research security programs, including how institutions can incorporate lessons learned from foreign influence investigations and the enforcement environment into research security programs and training. The discussion will include what might be on the “foreign influence” horizon.

Research Security Program Implementation

DDTC’s Company Visit

4:00PM–5:00PM; Ben Ballroom 4–5

Jeffrey Trettin, US Department of State, DDTC
Todd Willis, US Department of State, DDTC

This session will discuss a program in which DDTC performs outreach to industry and universities to learn about their ITAR compliance programs, provide input for any concerns, and build partnerships in compliance.

Company Visit Program Overview

Transitioning from a Fundamental Research Culture to a Managed Controlled Environment

4:00PM–5:00PM; University Suite

William Collins, University of Miami
Hiromi Sanders, George Washington University

In today’s competitive world of sponsorship and grant funding, more and more universities are applying for and capturing projects with the United States Government that are in “controlled jurisdictions” of the USDOC, USDOS, OFAC or Classified environments. This 60-minute session will provide examples from a “managed controlled” export control program on the “how to” be compliant within the jurisdictions of Commerce, State, and the Treasury Department. In addition, the session will discuss the challenges within a university system that has only conducted “fundamental research” and now find themselves in a “controlled” environment for the first time.  The presentations will furnish a “roadmap” to develop a “culture change and a paradigm shift” for your intuition to “buy in” for future managed control projects.


This session will furnish “steps on how to” bring about a managed change for a controlled program through:

  • education,
  • contract review & understanding,
  • university and government liaison,
  • establishment of export control jurisdictions,
  • coordinating with multi-university offices,
  • and the export control management of the captured program with the U.S. government.

Transitioning from FR to Controlled

Networking Reception: 5:30PM–8:30PM

Please join us for a Networking Reception at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology  and Anthropology from 5:30–8:00PM.

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Trolley service will run continuously from the Sheraton at 36th street beginning at 5:15 pm. The last trolley will leave the museum at 7:45pm.