Tuesday, January 10, 2012

OFAC releases 2011 licensing database

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control has released its 2011 database of Cuba licenses in response to a Freedom of Information Act request that I filed in October.
I plan to write a story about the contents of the database. I welcome comments from readers who have opinions on or insights into these licenses.
Please see this 43-page PDF containing the basics of the Excel file that OFAC sent to me today.
The PDF contains the records of 2,886 licenses issued to people and companies in 2011. Here's a second PDF - nine pages - showing what looks to be the 431 Cuba license holders. Some of the organization names do not appear because they have been redacted by OFAC.
I am grateful to OFAC for releasing the records. The agency redacted many of the names of people connected to these licenses. See OFAC's explanation for the redactions in this Jan. 6 letter.
These license records are for all OFAC licenses, not just those dealing with Cuba. The Cuba records show a CU abbreviation in the far left column.
Other OFAC sanctions programs have involved:
  • Balkans
  • Belarus
  • Burma
  • Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Counter Narcotics Trafficking Sanctions
  • Counter Terrorism Sanctions
  • Cuba
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Former Liberian Regime of Charles Taylor
  • Libya
  • North Korea
  • Rough Diamond Trade
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Transnational Criminal Organizations
  • Zimbabwe


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