DHS Supply Chain Task Force to Issue Acquisition Recommendations

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Bob Kolasky, director of the Department of Homeland Security National Risk Management Center, confirmed that a new supply chain cybersecurity task force plans to release a series of recommendations this summer, FCW reported Monday.

Kolasky, who co-chairs the task force, noted there are five groups that supervise development of recommendations that will enable acquisition reforms for federal and industry operations. The task force is headed by DHS and includes representatives from industry, the executive branch, the contracting community and other relevant experts.

“I want to come back years from now and say these recommendations made a difference in supply chain risk management,” Kolasky said. 

The group will address priorities such as creating an inventory of federal supply chain activities, improving the government and private sector’s threat information exchange and establishing procurement regulations for authorized resellers and original equipment manufacturers.

Other initiatives include developing recommendations on certified bidders and manufacturers, establishing criteria for evaluation processes driven by risk-based decision making and collaborating with the Federal Acquisition Security Council.

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