The U.S. Defense Department last month adopted a set of final rules covering the detection and avoidance of counterfeit electronic parts in the federal supply chain. The rules affect a wide swath of information technology firms that supply electronic components to the department, including software in some cases.In general, the final rules require that covered federal contractors establish and maintain acceptable systems to detect and avoid counterfeit parts. These systems will be reviewed as part of a federal auditing process, and a contractor’s failure to maintain acceptable safeguards may result in “disapproval” of the contractor’s purchasing system and the withholding of payments.Information technology industry sources have been decidedly mixed in their reactions to the requirements and their likely impact on contracting and the federal supply chain.”Counterfeit semiconductor products can end up in critical consumer, industrial, medical and military devices, potentially undermining our public safety and national security,” said Brian Toohey, president and CEO of the Semiconductor Industry Association.The new regulations “represent a long fought victory for the semiconductor industry and a significant step toward ensuring the safety and security of semiconductor products used by our military,” he added.On the other hand, TechAmerica “continues to have serious reservations about the latest… Read full this story
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