CFIUS is an interagency committee authorized to review certain transactions involving foreign investment in the United States and certain real estate transactions by foreign persons, in order to determine the effect of such transactions on the national security of the United States.
CFIUS operates pursuant to section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended (section 721), and as implemented by Executive Order 11858, as amended, and the regulations at chapter VIII of title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
PROPOSED RULE MODIFYING PROVISIONS PERTAINING TO CERTAIN TRANSACTIONS BY FOREIGN PERSONS INVOLVING REAL ESTATE IN THE UNITED STATES (MAY 2023)
On May 5, 2023, the Department of the Treasury issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register that would amend the definition of military installation at 31 C.F.R. § 802.227 and add eight military installations to the list at appendix A in the rule that implements the real estate provisions of Section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended.
Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the Federal Government’s eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov or by mailing comments to: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Attention: Meena Sharma, Deputy Director, Office of Investment Security, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20220. Written comments must be received by June 5, 2023.
- Provisions Pertaining to Certain Transactions by Foreign Persons Involving Real Estate in the United States (31 C.F.R. part 802)
EXECUTIVE ORDER 14083
On September 15, 2022, President Biden issued Executive Order 14083 reflecting the evolving national security threat landscape and underscoring the critical role of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States in responding to new and emerging threats and vulnerabilities in the context of foreign investment. The Executive Order elaborates and expands on the existing list of factors that CFIUS considers, as appropriate, when reviewing transactions for national security risks, and describes potential national security implications in key areas.
THE FOREIGN INVESTMENT RISK REVIEW MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2018 (FIRRMA)
FIRRMA was signed into law on August 13, 2018. FIRRMA strengthens and modernizes CFIUS to address national security concerns more effectively, including by broadening the authorities of the President and CFIUS to review and to take action to address any national security concerns arising from certain non-controlling investments and real estate transactions involving foreign persons.
On January 13, 2020, the Department of the Treasury released two final regulations to implement the changes that FIRRMA made to CFIUS’s jurisdiction and processes. The regulations, which were released in two parts, became effective on February 13, 2020. The full language of FIRRMA and related information can be found on the CFIUS Laws and Guidance page.
ADDITIONAL EXCEPTED FOREIGN STATE DETERMINATIONS (JANUARY 2023)
The Department of the Treasury issued CFIUS’s determination that New Zealand and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have met certain requirements set forth in part 800 for excepted foreign states and part 802 for excepted real estate foreign states.
- Determination Regarding Excepted Foreign States
- Determination Regarding Excepted Real Estate Foreign States
On May 20, 2020, CFIUS released a new Case Management System (CMS), which allows easy submission of all transaction-related information through a secure online portal. As of June 1, the CMS portal must be used to file any draft or formal written notice or declaration pursuant to 31 C.F.R. parts 800 or 802. Additional resources, including instructions to register for the CMS, are available on the CFIUS Case Management System page.
NOTICE of PUBLIC MEETINGs WITH THIRD PARTY COMPLIANCE PROVIDERS
Pursuant to Section 721, the Department of the Treasury, which serves as the CFIUS chair, hereby gives public notice that the Office of Investment Security (OIS) will be soliciting meetings with third-party compliance providers to discuss current and future CFIUS mitigation requirements. OIS invites any additional third-party providers who were not solicited, but wish to discuss CFIUS mitigation, to contact us at CFIUS@treasury.gov.
Send Us a Tip
Members of the public are encouraged to send CFIUS tips, referrals, or other issues related to national security risks and foreign investment in the United States.
Please see the CFIUS Contacts page for email addresses and telephone numbers to reach Department of the Treasury staff for CFIUS-related matters.
Section 721 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended, mandates confidentiality protections with respect to information filed with the Committee. It prohibits the Committee from publicly disclosing any information filed with the Committee, subject to limited exceptions. Information and documentary material filed with the Committee are also exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552. Consistent with section 721, the Committee does not publicly confirm or deny that a transaction has been notified to CFIUS. If the parties themselves publicly disclose documentary material or information filed with CFIUS, such documentary material or information may subsequently be reflected in the public statements of the Chairperson of CFIUS.