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Sanctions Brochures are an overview of OFAC's regulations with regard to the Counter Terrorism Sanctions. They are useful quick reference tools.
Frequently Asked Questions
OFAC has compiled hundreds of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its sanctions programs and related policies. The link below sends the user to the entire list of OFAC's FAQs.
OFAC issues interpretive guidance on specific issues related to the sanctions programs it administers. These interpretations of OFAC policy are sometimes published in response to a public request for guidance or may be released proactively by OFAC in order to address a complex topic.
Applying for a Specific OFAC License
It may be in your and the U.S. government’s interest to authorize particular economic activity related to the Counter Terrorism Sanctions. Visit the link below to apply for an OFAC license.
Guidance on OFAC Licensing Policy
Certain activities related to the Counter Terrorism Sanctions may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC. Below OFAC has issued guidance and statements on specific licensing policies as they relate to the Counter Terrorism Sanctions.
- Licenses for Legal Fees and Costs - Guidance on the Release of Limited Amounts of Blocked Funds for Payment of Legal Fees and Costs Incurred in Challenging the Blocking of U.S. Persons in Administrative or Civil Proceedings
- Entities Owned By Blocked Persons - Guidance On Entities Owned By Persons Whose Property And Interests In Property Are Blocked
OFAC issues general licenses in order to authorize activities that would otherwise be prohibited with regard to the Counter Terrorism Sanctions. General licenses allow all US persons to engage in the activity described in the general license without needing to apply for a specific license.
- General License 1 - Official activities of certain international organizations; U.S. person employees of certain governments (April 12, 2006)
- General License 2 - Travel, employment, residence and maintenance transactions with the Palestinian Authority (April 12, 2006)
- General License 3 - Payment of taxes and incidental fees to the Palestinian Authority (April 12, 2006)
- General License 4 - Transactions with entities under the control of the Palestinian President and certain other entities (April 12, 2006)
- General License 5 - Concluding activities with the Palestinian Authority (April 12, 2006)
- General License 6 - In-kind donations of medicine, medical devices, and medical services (July 6, 2006)
- General License 7 - broad authorization for U.S. persons to engage in all transactions otherwise prohibited by the terrorism sanctions programs with the Palestinian Authority (October 31, 2007)
- General License 7a - Transactions with the Palestinian Authority authorized
- General License - To authorize payments from funds originating outside the United States for certain legal services to or on behalf of blocked persons, as well as the formation of legal defense funds to gather donations and dispense funds in connection with payments for such legal services (December 7, 2010)
- Iran General License A - Certain transactions otherwise authorized under general or specific licenses set forth in or issued pursuant to 31 C.F.R. chapter V authorized.
Non-SDN lists associated with anti-terrorism programs
Section (b) of General License 4
issued pursuant to the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations (31 C.F.R. Part 594), the Terrorism Sanctions Regulations (31 C.F.R. Part 595), and the Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations (31 C.F.R. Part 597) authorizes U.S. financial institutions to reject transactions with members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) who were elected to the PLC on the party slate of Hamas, or any other Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), Specially Designated Terrorist (SDT), or Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT), provided that any such individuals are not named on OFAC's list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List).
Impact Reports - Terrorist Assets Reports (TAR)
OFAC occasionally produces reports that demonstrate the impact of economic sanctions. The reports below document the assets blocked under the Counter Terrorism Sanctions.
OFAC occasionally releases charts of the players in and structures of Terrorist Organizations with its press releases.
Executive Orders, Statutes, Rules and Regulations Relating to the Counter Terrorism Sanctions
The Counter Terrorism Sanctions represent the implementation of multiple legal authorities. Some of these authorities are in the form of executive orders issued by the President. Other authorities are public laws (statutes) passed by The Congress. These authorities are further codified by OFAC in its regulations which are published the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Modifications to these regulations are posted in the Federal Register. In addition to all of these authorities, OFAC may also implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) with regard to the Counter Terrorism Sanctions.
- 13372 Clarification of Certain Executive Orders Blocking Property and Prohibiting Certain Transactions (February 16, 2005)
- 13268 Termination of Emergency With Respect to the Taliban and Amendment of Executive Order 13224 of September 23, 2001 (July 2, 2002)
- 13224 Blocking Property and Prohibiting Transactions With Persons Who Commit, Threaten To Commit, or Support Terrorism (Effective Date - September 24, 2001)
- 13099 Prohibiting Transactions With Terrorists Who Threaten To Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process (Effective Date - August 21, 1998)
- 12947 Prohibiting Transactions With Terrorists Who Threaten To Disrupt the Middle East Peace Process (January 23, 1995)
Code of Federal Regulations
Federal Register Notices
- 78 FR 38574-13 - Technical Amendments to Counter-Terrorism Sanctions Regulations Implemented by OFAC
- 75 FR 75904-10 - Amendments to Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations and Terrorism Sanctions Regulations to expand the scope of authorizations in each of those programs for the provision of certain legal services
- 74 FR 61036-09 - Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations - Amendment to define the terms "financial, material, or technological support"
- 74 FR 23111-09 - Terrorism List Governments Sanctions Regulations - Amendment to remove countries that are no longer designated as supporting terrorism
- 73 FR 78631-08 - Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations - Amendment to expand the scope of legal services
- 72 FR 4206-07 - Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations - Amendment to clarify and redefine terms
- 71 FR 58742-06 - Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations - Amendment to authorize the donation of medical devices to the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health
- 71 FR 29251-06 - Revisions to IEEPA made by the Combating Terrorism Financing Act of 2005
- 71 FR 27199-06 - Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Terrorism Sanctions Regulations; Foreign Terrorist Organizations Sanctions Regulations - Revisions to authorize certain transactions with the Palestinian Authority
United Nations Security Council Resolutions
- 1526 Reaffirming the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and international law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts (January 30, 2004)