Tag Archives: supply chain

Former Defense Exec Lisa Porter: U.S. Should Not Limit Microelectronics Supply Chain

Lisa Porter

Lisa Porter, who formerly served as the deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering, said the U.S. government should contribute to international microelectronics standards rather than solely rely on the limited, domestic supply chain. She said relying purely on U.S.-made microelectronics is not feasible and establishes a false notion. 

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NIST Seeks to Improve Software Supply Chain Security With Two Guidelines

Supply Chain Security

The National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) has issued two documents meant to improve the integrity and security of the software supply chain in accordance with an executive order seeking to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity. NIST developed the two documents by hosting virtual workshops and seeking position papers to seek feedback and insights from the public.

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Sens. Gary Peters, Ron Johnson Introduce Supply Chain Security Training Act

Systemically Important

Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., have proposed a bipartisan bill that would require the General Services Administration (GSA) to coordinate with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and departments of Defense (DOD) and Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a training program to help federal officials protect information technology supply chains against cyberthreats.

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Julie Dunne: Federal Acquisition Security Council Could Help Government Address Supply Chain Risk

Julie Dunne

Julie Dunne, former commissioner of the General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), wrote in a commentary that the U.S. government should recognize the Federal Acquisition Security Council (FASC) and how it could help address supply chain security risks facing agencies. “The FASC presents an opportunity for a unified federal government approach in partnership with vendors to address supply chain risk in federal acquisitions,” she said.

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U.S., EU to Coordinate on Critical Tech, Supply Chain Issues Via Trade and Technology Council

U.S.-EU Summit

The U.S. and the European Union on Tuesday formed a Trade and Technology Council (TTC) to build up global cooperation on digital issues, technology and supply chains, work on international standards development and support collaborative research efforts. A senior administration official said Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will co-chair the council.

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GAO: VA Needs Comprehensive Supply Chain Management Strategy

Breaking Boundaries

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) come up with a comprehensive strategy for supply chain management to address its acquisition management-related issues and better meet the needs of veterans. GAO made the recommendation after it found that each of VA’s initiatives to advance supply chain modernization and prepare for future public health crises faces delays.

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FDA Encourages NIST to Consider Importance of 3rd-Party Software in Device Security

Food and Drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has advised the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to consider third-party software as a critical factor to the safety of a device. FDA said these third-party products must be classified as critical software if they are vital to a device's safety and support a device's definition.

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White House Seeks to Address Near-Term Supply Chain Challenges With New Task Force

White House

The Biden administration will form a supply chain disruptions task force to help address short-term supply chain challenges and address near-term mismatches between supply and demand in areas such as semiconductors, construction and agriculture. The White House outlined some of the initiatives it has started to address vulnerabilities in U.S. supply chains. 

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NSA, CISA, ODNI Issue ‘Potential Threat Vectors to 5G Infrastructure’ Analysis Paper

NSA-ODNI-CISA Analysis

The National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) have released an analysis paper that assesses vulnerabilities associated with the adoption of 5G technology. The document analyzes the major threat vectors across 5G domains and those are policy and standards, supply chain and 5G systems architecture.

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Gina Raimondo: Commerce Department Seeks to Boost Supply Chain Resilience Through Proposed Office

Gina Raimondo

The Commerce Department plans to form a new office that will monitor supply chain vulnerabilities and work with companies to strengthen the cybersecurity of essential products. "The office is intended to help us deal with the challenges that we're seeing in our supply chains," Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told House lawmakers at a hearing Thursday.

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