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Upcoming GAO Report to Recommend Ways to Ensure ICT Supply Chain Security; Carol Harris Quoted

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Carol Harris
Carol Harris

An upcoming Government Accountability Office (GAO) report will present more than 100 recommendations on how federal civilian agencies can address risks posed by foreign suppliers to their supply chains of information and communications technologies, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

The report, which is slated for release in September 2020, is based on GAO’s analysis of supply chains of 23 civilian agencies in response to the request of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

“The vast majority of agencies lack comprehensive processes in order to effectively manage their supply chains,” Carol Harris, director of GAO's information technology and cybersecurity team, told the publication.

Aside from China, Harris said the pending report also cites other countries in Asia and Europe that pose a concern when it comes to the security of supply chains. She said, “It’s really all over the place. So it’s really critical for agencies to have these supply chain risk management practices in place."

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