Omnibus Could Change Some Chinese Supply Chain Restrictions

ChinaUSFlagsLawmakers have included language in a fiscal year 2014 “omnibus” spending bill that would change some supply chain regulations for four agencies regarding purchases from China, FCW reported Tuesday.

Adam Mazmanian writes the rules, if the bill passes, keeps some limits in place on IT gear purchases from contractors owned or subsidized by the Chinese government.

The bill is intended to narrow down the scope and modify some reporting and compliance requirements for NASA, the National Science Foundation and the departments of Commerce and Justice.

The restrictions laid out under Section 515 of the $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations package ask those four agencies to work to mediate IT risks through using FBI and National Institute of Standards and Technology guidelines.

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) introduced the IT gear acquisition limits on purchases from China in the 2013 continuing resolution.

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