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DoD Considers Delaying Chinese Tech Removal Rule Implementation

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A section in the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act requiring government contractors to remove Chinese-made technologies from their networks is now slated to take effect in August 2020 and the Department of Defense (DoD) is considering delaying by a year full compliance with that provision, FedScoop reported Monday.

“DoD fully supports the intent of Section 889, but the Department is hearing that, in light of the COVID impacts and disruptions to the industrial base including small businesses, there may be reasons to extend by one year the implementation of the rule,” Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, a spokesman for DoD, told the publication. “While necessary to accomplish, the requirements of 889 will require significant investment and may benefit from use of a risk based approach to achieve effective implementation.”

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has yet to issue guidance for contractors to comply with the NDAA provision.

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