Beyond Control: Reforming Export Licensing Agencies for National Security and Economic Interests, Hearing Before the Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, April 24, 2008   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the testimony of Stephen D. Mull: "In fiscal year 1998, we had 44,000 applications for export of defense goods, and today, or rather at the end of fiscal year 2007, that number had grown to 79,000 applications, representing nearly $100 billion of defense trade in the last fiscal year. As I mentioned, many of these cases, they have not only grown in number, but they have grown seriously in complexity as our own technology becomes more complex. In fiscal year 2007, the situation had reached crisis proportions, as was well documented in the GAO's report that came out a year ago. We had a standing case log of 10,000 cases. Many hundreds of them were unresolved for well over 60 days, some of them well over 100 days. Actually, my first week on the job as Acting Assistant Secretary, the GAO launched their investigation to look into the problems and causes that led to this situation. But we also had well-justified complaints about delays in commodity jurisdiction disputes, the processing time, and also many comments from our customers in industry that we had insufficient people and other resources devoted to the problem." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Beth M. McCormick, Matthew S. Borman, Ann Calvaresi, William A. Reinsh, Daniel B. Poneman, and Edmund B. Rice.

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S. Hrg. 110-831; Senate Hearing 110-831
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