Federal News Network: What are agencies doing to address the growing supply chain issues?

“Supply chain security issues have been dominating the news lately. That plus rising costs and longer delivery times. The Biden administration has taken some steps to help logistics companies. For an assessment, Federal Drive with Tom Temin producer Eric White spoke with the Senior Vice President of Policy and Senior Counsel at the Information Technology Industry Council, John Miller…”

“Eric White: Yeah, that’s a good segue into my next question, which is there are so many moving parts, or lack of moving parts recently, that go into this sort of thing. Is it the kind of thing where they’re doing all they can and it’s just gonna have to resolve itself? Because, like you said, there’s just so many moving parts, that even streamlining, it may not actually end up streamlining it.

John Miller: I would not say that the situation that we’re currently dealing with will simply resolve itself. I mean, it’s true that some of the issues that we’re experiencing are the result of the the unprecedented pandemic that we’ve all been been dealing with for the past year and a half plus already at this point. But I think one of the things that the pandemic has actually helped us all understand is that there were some systemic challenges to supply chain to the areas of supply chain risk management, that it’s really important that we collectively address longer term some of these things were already underway, such as the need to diversify supply chains to a broader array of locations and away from single source or single region suppliers. The pandemic has just underscored the need to to continue working on that issue, even beyond the pandemic…”

“Eric White: As the government piles on more and more responsibilities to critical infrastructure companies in the industries itself, could we see something in the future where there might be a self reporting requirement for when supply chain issues are going to arise where they need to notify said agency to make them aware of the situation and see if there’s anything that they can do so that there aren’t major disruptions that end up blowing into any disaster or lack of improvement going on?

John Miller: Well, that’s an interesting question. I mean, I think the short answer is that, particularly if we widen the aperture a bit and think about this through the lens of supply chain, information sharing, we are already seeing active discussions underway in a couple of different places. I mean, information sharing in the supply chain context is certainly important. It is important to note this is a different kind of sharing than we’re seeing in a few other contexts and have seen particularly in the cybersecurity context…” Read the full interview here.

Source: What are agencies doing to address the growing supply chain issues? – By Tom Temin, November 22, 2021. Federal News Network.


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