24 May 1999

DC Meetings on Encryption 25 May 1999

Senate Committee

  Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: May 25, to 
hold hearings on S. 798, to promote electronic commerce by 
encouraging and facilitating the use of encryption in interstate 
commerce consistent with the protection of national security, 9:30 
a.m., SR-253.


House Committee

  May 25, Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer 
Practices, hearing on H.R. 850, Security and Freedom through 
Encryption (SAFF) Act, 10 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.


Bureau of Export Administration

    The Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee (RPTAC)
will meet May 25, 1999, 9:00 a.m., Room 3884, in the Herbert C. Hoover
Building, 14th Street between Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues,
N.W., Washington, D.C. The Committee advises the Office of the
Assistant Secretary for Export Administration on implementation of the
Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and provides for continuing
review to update the EAR as needed.


Open Session

    1. Opening remarks by the Chairperson.
    2. Presentation of papers or comments by the public.
    3. Update on pending regulatory revisions.
    4. Update on policies under review.
    5. Report on proposal to amend the Export Administration
Regulations concerning the issue of ``exporter of Record.''
    6. Discussion on encryption regulations.
    7. Discussion on regulations regarding high Performance Computers.
    8. Update on implementation of Wassenaar Arrangement.
    9. Discussion on compliance and enforcement issues.

Closed Session

    10. Discussion of matters properly classified under Executive Order
12958, dealing with the U.S. export control program and strategic
criteria related thereto.


Cox Committee on PRC Espionage

Declassified portions of report due to be released at press conference 
and on the House Web site: