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New CR Requires FBI Involvement in China IT Buys

ITphotoU.S. government entities cannot acquire information technology equipment from companies owned or subsidized by China’s government without consulting the FBI first, Information Week reports.

J. Nicholas Hoover writes Congress included the provision in the continuing resolution out of concerns over potential hackings and other risks posed by technology made by Chinese enterprises.

The departments of Commerce and Justice, NASA and the National Science Foundation are among the agencies required to speak with the FBI before buying Chinese IT equipment.

According to the report, the FBI director or another agency responsible for assessing IT buys will determine if such an acquisition is in the U.S.’ best interest before allowing the purchasing agency to proceed.

Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo are among the Chinese companies that could be affected by this legislation, Hoover writes.

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