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NTIA Announces Formation of Communications Supply Chain Risk Information Partnership

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The Department of Commerce’s (DOC) National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has announced the creation of a program to facilitate sharing of information on supply chain-related security risks with communications service providers and equipment suppliers.

A Federal Register notice posted Wednesday says the Communications Supply Chain Risk Information Partnership will be established through four phases in compliance with Section 8 of the Secure and Trusted Communications Network Act of 2019, which President Trump signed into law in March 2020.

NTIA is working with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission to establish C-SCRIP.

“C–SCRIP will allow for regularly scheduled informational briefings, with a goal of providing more targeted information for C–SCRIP participants as the program matures over time,” the notice reads. “NTIA will aim to ensure that the risk information identified for sharing under the program is relevant and accessible, and will work with its government partners to enable the granting of security clearances under established guidelines when necessary.”

Meritalk reported NTIA will accept comments on the program through July 13.