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Senate Passes Legislation to Create Supply Chain Security Council

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The Senate has passed a bill to create a government-wide council that would establish regulations for federal supply chain risk management, FCW.com reported Wednesday.

The Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Council will help the National Institute of Standards and Technology develop supply chain guidelines including protocols on information sharing between federal and non-federal parties.

The inter-agency council will also oversee the implementation of applicable contracting strategies and establish criteria for the removal of software to mitigate supply chain threats.

The Department of Homeland Security secretary will be responsible for issuing removal or exclusion orders for civilian federal agencies, while the Department of Defense secretary and director of national intelligence will have the same authority for their respective agencies.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., originally sponsored the bill which must still pass the House before being signed by the president.

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