Boeing Settles Violations With State Department For $51 Million

The U.S. Department of State has reached an administrative settlement with Boeing (NYSE: BA) to resolve 199 violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). This resolution follows a thorough compliance review conducted by the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance in the Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.

The settlement addresses Boeing’s unauthorized exports and retransfers of technical data to foreign-person employees and contractors, as well as unauthorized exports of defense articles, including to the People’s Republic of China, a proscribed destination under ITAR regulations. Additionally, it covers violations of license terms, conditions, and provisos of Directorate of Defense Trade Controls authorizations.

Boeing voluntarily disclosed all alleged violations, with a significant majority predating 2020. The company cooperated fully with the department’s review and has implemented numerous enhancements to its compliance program since the incidents in question.

As part of the 36-month consent agreement, Boeing will pay a civil penalty of $51 million. However, $24 million of this penalty will be suspended provided that the funds are allocated for department-approved remedial compliance measures aimed at strengthening Boeing’s compliance program.

The first $9 million will be paid to the department within 10 days upon signing the order while the remaining two tranches of $9 million will be paid within one year and two years since signing the order, respectively.

Furthermore, Boeing will engage an external Special Compliance Officer for at least 24 months to oversee the consent agreement. The agreement also mandates two external audits of Boeing’s ITAR compliance program and the implementation of additional compliance measures.


The charges stem from unauthorized exports of defense articles and technical data, as well as failure to adhere to authorization terms and conditions. The Department of State has proposed a total of 199 violations against Boeing.

According to a proposed charging letter addressed to Brett C. Gerry, Boeing’s Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President of Global Compliance, the violations span a significant period, with most occurring before 2020.

The charges against Boeing encompass a range of violations, including unauthorized exports and retransfers of technical data to foreign-person employees and contractors. This includes instances where foreign-person employees in proscribed countries downloaded ITAR-controlled technical data from Boeing’s digital repository without authorization. Moreover, Boeing’s subsidiaries in Australia and India were implicated in unauthorized retransfers of technical data to foreign persons.

Boeing also faces allegations of unauthorized exports, reexports, retransfers, and temporary imports of defense articles and technical data. These violations involve fabricated export licenses, misclassifications leading to improper exports, and exceeding approved quantities and values on export licenses. Additionally, Boeing is accused of violating terms, conditions, and provisos of DDTC authorizations, such as exporting technical data related to enhancements of defense systems despite explicit prohibitions.

This comes on the heels of Boeing facing challenges with respect to the safety issues of its planes, prompting NTSB to actively conduct an investigation into said incidents, while the FAA is closely examining Boeing’s adherence to safety regulations and scrutinizing the practices of its suppliers.

Boeing last traded at $200.00 on the NYSE.

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