The number of people at the State Department who process paperwork for security-sensitive exports such as weapons, which might explain why the backlog of unprocessed export licenses from 2006 numbered about 10,000 out of a total of 65,274 applications. The problem will only get worse as licenses are predicted to be up 23 percent for FY2007. By contrast, the Commerce Department, which handles more routine exports, has a staff of 351 to handle approximately 23,673 applications a year.



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