Congressional Notifications for FMS

Congressional Notifications for FMS

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This learning guide is primarily for security assistance personnel in Implementing Agencies (IAs), such as case managers, program managers, policy analysts, etc., whose duties involve FMS case development.


This learning guide was developed by DSCA to explain and elaborate on all legal and policy requirements and criteria for the Congressional notification of Foreign Military Sales cases under §36(b) of the Arms Export Control Act.

  1. Requirements of §36(b)
    Includes an introduction to Significant Military Equipment (SME) and Major Defense Equipment (MDE).
  2. Draft Congressional Notifications
    Provides a sample transmittal for a Congressional Notification, to include the military justification, policy justification, sensitivity of technology statement, and offset reporting requirements.
  3. Handling and Staffing
    Describes the process of assembling a §36(b) notification, the role of the Implementing Agency, DSCA, Department of State, the constraints on public disclosure, the use of DSAMS and the Federal Register, and the categories of “tiered review” for the Congress.
  4. Subsequent Notifications
    Identifies the triggers that require subsequent notifications for the same FMS case or program, such as enhancement of technology or changes in dollar thresholds.

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