Frequently Asked Questions
OFAC has compiled hundreds of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its sanctions programs and related policies. The links below send the user to the entire list of OFAC's FAQs.
- Frequently Asked Questions Related to Executive Order 13694, "Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities"
- Frequently Asked Questions Related to Cyber General License No. 1A ,"Authorizing Certain Transactions with the Federal Security Service"
- OFAC Frequently Asked Questions
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.
- Guidance on the Provision of Certain Services Relating to the Requirements of U.S. Sanctions Laws (January 12, 2017)
- Index of Interpretative Guidance
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 Cyber-related sanctions. Certain activities related to the Cyber-related sanctions may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC. Visit the link below to apply for an OFAC license.
- Apply for an OFAC License Online - Authorization from OFAC to engage in a transaction that otherwise would be prohibited.
Guidance on OFAC Licensing Policy
Certain activities related to the Cyber-related sanctions may be allowed if they are licensed by OFAC. Below OFAC has issued guidance and statements on specific licensing policies.
- 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 Cyber-related 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.
- Cyber General License (No. 1A) - Authorizing Certain Transactions with the Federal Security Service (amended March 15, 2018)
The Cyber-related sanctions program represents 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.
- 13757 - Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities (December 28, 2016)
- 13694 - Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities (April 1, 2015)
- Information on Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act
- International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1701-1706
- National Emergencies Act (NEA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1601-1651
Code of Federal Regulations
- 31 CFR Part 578 - Cyber-Related Sanctions Regulations
Federal Register Notices
- 80 FR 81752-15 - Issuance of Cyber-Related Sanctions Regulations to implement Executive Order 13694