The State Department concluded an administrative settlement with Meggitt-USA, Inc. ("Meggitt") a Delaware corporation, and subsidiary of Meggitt PLC, a corporation organized under the laws of England and Wales and ultimate parent of the Meggitt group of companies, to resolve alleged violations of the Arms Export Controls Act ("AECA")(22 U.S.C. § 2778) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations ("ITAR")(22 C.F.R. parts 120-130). The settlement was resolved pursuant to ITAR Section 128.11 wherein Meggitt agreed to enter into a consent agreement with the Department.
The settlement was reached after an extensive compliance review by the Department of State’s Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs of multiple disclosures submitted by Meggitt group subsidiaries involving hundreds of potential civil violations of the AECA and ITAR, of which sixty-seven are alleged as charges. This settlement highlights the Department’s responsibility to protect U.S. defense hardware and technology from unauthorized use and ensure compliance with the AECA and ITAR.
Over the course of several years, Meggitt subsidiaries and business units disclosed to the Department hundreds of ITAR violations beginning in the mid-1990s, largely involving the unauthorized export of defense articles, including technical data, the unauthorized provision of defense services, violation of the terms of provisos or other limitations of license authorizations, and the failure to maintain specific records involving ITAR-controlled transactions.
Under the terms of the 30-month consent agreement with the Department, Meggit is assessed a civil penalty of $25 million, of which $3 million will be paid in installments and the remainder suspended on the condition the Department approves expenditures for self-initiated, pre-consent agreement remedial compliance measures and consent agreement-authorized remedial compliance costs. In addition, an Internal Special Compliance Official will be engaged by Meggitt to oversee the consent agreement, which will also require the company to implement additional compliance measures, including enhanced policies and procedures, to review external audit programs and conduct audit measures pursuant to the agreement, to review jurisdictional determinations of commodities, and report on system upgrades and improvements.
Meggitt disclosed nearly all of the ITAR violations resolved in this settlement voluntarily to the Department, many of which were the result of post-acquisition review by Meggitt, acknowledged their serious nature, cooperated with Department reviews, and implemented or has planned extensive remedial measures throughout its subsidiaries. For these reasons, the Department determined that an administrative debarment or suspension of Meggitt was not appropriate at this time.
The consent agreement and related documents will be available for public inspection in the Public Reading Room of the Department of State and on the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls website at http://www.pmddtc.state.gov/compliance/consent_agreements.html.
For additional information, please contact the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs’ Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at PM-CPA@state.gov.