How to Improve Export Compliance with Effective Audits

All participants will receive an audit questionnaire template!

Instructor: Felice Laird

"I was a little worried that an hour and a half would drag, but Ms. Laird's demeanor is excellent and engaging. She clearly is an expert in the field, yet came across like one of my favorite helpful colleagues."
Bridget Blackburn, Export/Legal Policy Director, ProSoft Technology, INC
Attendee of Felice's DIY Encryption Classification Webinar


"Felice always does a great job, I appreciate her sharing anecdotes and things she has discovered/learned over the years, it helps enormously when sharing training with non-compliance staff - it provides them another voice that confirms the information I share and helps ensure they understand the seriousness of the topic."
Attendee of Felice's Recordkeeping Webinar



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In the past year, the Commerce Department has released new audit guidelines and the State Department has reinvigorated its Company Visit Program.

Both State and Commerce Departments recommend regular audits as part of their compliance program guidelines. Despite their negative image, export compliance audits are one of the most effective tools for improving and validating your compliance program.  Whenever possible, audits should not be about digging to see how many violations you can find.  Instead, audits should strive to find the weaknesses in your compliance program and spot clear options for making cost-effective improvements.

The Export Compliance Training Institute is pleased to announce that Felice Laird will use her nearly 30 years of export compliance experience to lead a practical and instructive webinar on what you need to know about audits.

Outline of the webinar:

  • Vocabulary— what is the difference between a self-audit, government audit, outside audit, directed audit

  • Why should a company conduct an audit?

    • Part of compliance program

    • Asked to do it by parent company or new owner

    • Asked to do it in an M&A contract

    • Asked to do it by government

    • Do it before you formalize compliance program

  • New BIS Audit Guidelines

  • Update on State Department Company Visit Program

  • Options for doing the audit: internal vs. external resources

  • Vetting outside law firms and consulting firms

  • How to budget and create a time table for an audit

  • How to develop an audit module (example: What are the key areas to be audited? What methodology is going to be used? Will it involve lots of document reviews?)

  • How to figure out who to interview

This webinar will provide PowerPoint slides and include live video and commentary from Felice Laird who has 30 years’ experience in training on US export controls. Participants are invited to submit questions during the webinar. The final 30 minutes of the webinar will be allotted to answering attendees' questions.


Webinar Details:

Recorded: April 18, 2017

Length:     1 hour 30 minutes (Comprised of 1 hour of commentary and 30 minute Q & A session)

Cost:        $150 per person (additional employees from the same company $50 each up to 2 employees)

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