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DHS Officials Discuss Efforts of Two Newly Formed Groups to Ensure Supply Chain Security

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Officials from the Department of Homeland Security discussed the functions and responsibilities of two new organizations created to address cyber vulnerabilities in the technology supply chain during an Atlantic Council event, FCW reported Thursday. DHS formed a supply chain task force, while the Secure Technology Act passed by Congress created the Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Council intended to build cybersecurity resilience into federal acquisition rules.

“The council is intended to harmonize supply chain risk management choices across government, to work on acquisition regulation and to really help set a standard, create a mechanism by which we can more reliably identify exclusions or major threats to federal supply chain,” John Costello, a senior adviser to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS, told the publication.

The supply chain task force aims to address long-term issues related to supply chain risk management and collaboration between industry and government, according to the report.

Bob Kolasky, co-chair of the task force, said the group has divided into several work streams to advance information sharing, establish an inventory of supply chain activities across the government and suggest lists of qualified manufacturers and bidders, among other efforts, as it plans to release a set of recommendations by summer.