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Ellen Lord: Pentagon, ODNI in Talks Over Section 889 Waiver Extension

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) are in talks over the potential extension of a waiver that would provide defense contractors more time to comply with a new rule that seeks to remove certain Chinese telecommunications equipment from the supply chain.

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NCSC Helps Federal Agencies Enact Telecom Supply Chain Restrictions; NCSC Director William Evanina Quoted

William Evanina

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) has launched an effort to brief federal agencies on how to protect the government supply chains against threats from Chinese companies. William Evanina said the center partnered with NIC within the ODNI to drive information-sharing efforts and protect the federal supply chain.

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DoD Releases Memo on Contracting Ban for Vendors Using Certain Telecom Equipment

Pentagon

The office of the undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense has issued a memo to facilitate the implementation of an interim rule that would block government agencies from contracting with entities that use telecommunications equipment and other products from five China-based companies.

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GSA’s Allen Hill on Transition to EIS Telecom Contract

GSA

Allen Hill, acting deputy assistant commissioner at the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), said the transition to the potential 15-year, $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract for telecommunications and information technology services is now underway at GSA.

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GAO: FCC Needs Measurable Performance Goals to Manage Spectrum Demands for 5G

5G Strategy

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) come up with measurable and specific performance goals and strategies to manage spectrum demands associated with the deployment of 5G networks. These professionals mentioned the need of the commercial sector for access to additional mid-band spectrum to avoid 5G deployment delays.

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Avaya Provides Cloud-Based Contact Center to Support Red Cross Communications; DeWayne Bell, Frank Ciccone Quoted

Avaya

The Red Cross telecommunications team has partnered with Avaya Holdings Corp. to enhance and simplify Red Cross communications to better leverage the benefits of mobility and cloud innovation to meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, Avaya reported on Thursday

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