(a)Freedom of information.Subchapter R of this title contains regulations on the availability to the public of information and records of the Department of State. The provisions of subchapter R apply to such disclosures by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
(b)Determinations required by law. Section 38(e) of the Arms Export Control Act ( 22 U.S.C. 2778(e)) provides, by reference to section 12(c) of the Export Administration Act ( 50 U.S.C. 2411), that information obtained for the purpose of consideration of, or concerning, license applications shall be withheld from public disclosure unless the release of such information is determined by the Secretary to be in the national interest. Section 38(e) of the Arms Control Export Act further provides that, the names of countries and types and quantities of defense articles for which licenses are issued under this section shall not be withheld from public disclosure unless certain determinations are made that the release of such information would be contrary to the national interest. Such determinations required by section 38(e) shall be made by the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs.
(c)Information required under part 130.Part 130 of this subchapter contains specific provisions on the disclosure of information described in that part.
(d)National Interest Determinations. In accordance with section 38(e) of the Arms Export Control Act ( 22 U.S.C. 2778(e)), the Secretary of State has determined that the following disclosures are in the national interest of the United States:
(1) Furnishing information to foreign governments for law enforcement or regulatory purposes; and
(2) Furnishing information to foreign governments and other agencies of the U.S. Government in the context of multilateral or bilateral export regimes (e.g., the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Australia Group, and Wassenaar Arrangement).