The Office of Export Enforcement (OEE) works to keep the most sensitive goods out the most dangerous hands. OEE conducts its enforcement operations from Headquarters and nine field locations. OEE works cooperatively with the exporting community to prevent violations, and conducts investigations to gather evidence to support criminal and administrative sanctions.
OEE Special Agents are sworn Federal law enforcement officers with authority to make arrests, execute search and arrest warrants, serve subpoenas, and detain and seize goods about to be illegally exported. OEE investigations are initiated on information and intelligence obtained from a variety of sources, and are conducted to objectively and thoroughly gather testimony and evidence of alleged or suspected violations of dual-use export control laws. OEE works closely with attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security to prosecute criminal and administrative cases.