Washington Technology: Five regulatory changes for contractors to watch

“In recent years, both Congress and the Executive Branch have made it a key priority to mitigate risks across the industrial and innovation supply chains that provide hardware, software, and services to the U.S. government.”

“Five of these initiatives are likely to result in new regulations in 2020, each of which could have a fundamental impact on companies’ ability to sell Information, Communications, Technology and Services to the USG. As these requirements begin to take hold, federal contractors should be mindful of potential impacts and the actions that can be taken now to prepare for increased USG scrutiny of their supply chain security.”

Section 889 of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act

“As many USG contractors are now painfully aware, Section 889 of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act establishes two constraints on telecommunications supply chains. Subsection 889(a)(1)(A), effective as of August 13, 2019, prohibits USG agencies from acquiring certain telecommunications equipment or services from Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications Corporation, Hikvision, or Dahua, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates…”

SECURE Technology Act

“On December 21, 2018, the President signed into law the Strengthening and Enhancing Cyber-capabilities by Utilizing Risk Exposure Technology Act. The Act establishes the Federal Acquisition Security Council, which is charged with building greater cybersecurity resilience into federal procurement and acquisition rules…” Read the full article here.

Source: Five regulatory changes for contractors to watch – By Susan B. Cassidy, Samantha Clark, and Ryan Burnette, June 26, 2020. Washington Technology.

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