FAR Amendment Bans Gov’t Purchase of Chinese Telecom, Video Surveillance Equipment

Jeff Brody

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and NASA are issuing an interim final rule prohibiting agencies from purchasing telecommunications and video surveillance equipment from selected Chinese vendors. The rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation to include a section of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and covers all existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contracts seeking services or equipment for securing and monitoring critical government infrastructure. 

Blacklisted companies under the regulation include Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, Dahua Technology and all other related subsidiaries and affiliates. The rule also bans equipment or services that the defense secretary, director of national intelligence and FBI “reasonably believes to be an entity owned or controlled by, or otherwise connected to, the government of a covered foreign country.”

DoD, GSA and NASA are modifying the System for Award Management to implement visibility on vendors’ use of offerings from the blacklisted vendors.

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