Monthly Archives: August 2012

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Counterfeit, Fraudulent, Substandard Item Training Workshop

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will be holding a one-day course on the detection of counterfeit and fraudulent items on December 3, 2012. This workshop consists of two half-day sessions. One session will address current regulatory expectations, EPRI guidance, and programmatic measures that can be taken to mitigate exposure to counterfeit electronics. The other session consists of an interactive, hands-on workshop which includes handing and examining a number of hardware items. This course is targeted at mechanics and technicians, buyers, receipt inspectors, procurement engineers, and management. …

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USNC/IECQ Announces the formation of DAG (Distributors Advisory Group)

“The mission of USNC/IECQ Distributors Advisory Group (DAG) is to protect the safety of our nation’s Department of Defense as well as the general public by regulating policies and procedures necessary for counterfeit avoidance, detection, mitigation, and disposition, and assuring appropriate regulatory bodies implement them. … The USNC/IECQ Distributors Advisory Group (DAG) was formed to enable a single body that will develop and implement a set of industry based Distributor certification requirements for counterfeit avoidance, detection, mitigation, & disposition.”


South Jersey man admits to buying counterfeit computer devices from China to sell in U.S. |

CAMDEN — A Burlington County man today admitted buying counterfeit computer components from a factory in China for sale in the United States, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced….

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“Counterfeit Parts: What to Do Before the Regulations (and Regulators) Come – Practical Steps Industry Can Take Now”

The following article prepared by Robert S. Metzger of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell P.C. presents a comprehensive description of ‘Overarching DOD Counterfeit Prevention Guidance‘ (F Kendall, 16 Mar 2012) and suggestions on what companies should do now to prepare for expected regulations to implement Section 818 of the FY2012 NDAA ….

Robert S. Metzger, Counterfeit Parts: What to Do Before the Regulations (and Regulators) Come – Practical Steps Industry Can Take Now (Part 2)”, 98 Federal Contracts Rpt. No. 8, p. 246 (Aug. 21, 2012).

Jury Convicts New York Man Of Defense Contract Fraud | NBC 4i

COLUMBUS — A United States District Court jury convicted a New York Man of mail and wire fraud, false claims and money laundering for selling nonconforming parts to the Department of Defense …

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SAE 2012 Counterfeit Electronic Parts Avoidance Symposium – SAE International

November 2, 2012

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

With the escalation of counterfeit parts entering the supply chain, every aerospace and defense manufacturer is at risk This symposium will provide an open technical forum to learn about the negative impact counterfeit electronic parts and the processes to mitigate that impact on their business.

Technical Sessions:

  • Identification
  • Risk Assessment
  • Avoidance Protocols
  • Test Methodologies
  • Compliance


Co-located with the:

SAE 2012 Aerospace Electronics and Avionics Systems Conference!

SAE 2012 Power Systems Conference!

via SAE 2012 Counterfeit Electronic Parts Avoidance Symposium – SAE International.


“Counterfeit goods are everywhere. If someone is making it, chances are someone else is faking it. Considered a criminal trifecta – low costs, high profits, and minimal penalties – counterfeiting is believed to cost retailers in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Cameras go undercover from China to Chinatown to reveal the latest trends in fakes, which have gone far beyond designer bags. From high-priced wine to name brand toothpaste…see how the counterfeiters keep their products moving.”

Premieres Today at 9pm ET (repeats 12am ET) on CNBC

DLA is implementing new requirements DNA authentication marking on items falling within Federal Supply Class (FSC) 5962, Electronic Microcircuits

“DLA is implementing new requirements for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) authentication marking on items falling within Federal Supply Class (FSC) 5962, Electronic Microcircuits, which have been determined to be at high risk for counterfeiting. A new clause at Defense Logistics Acquisition Directive (DLAD) 52.211-9074, Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Marking on High Risk Items, will be included in new solicitations and contracts for FSC 5962 items when the item description states that the item requires DNA marking. The clause requires contractors to provide items that have been marked with botanically-generated DNA produced by Applied DNA Sciences or its authorized licensees, if any. Contractors shall obtain the DNA marking material from Applied DNA sciences or an authorized licensee, and may contact them at . The DNA marking can be applied with an invisible DNA mark on the part, or the contractor’s ink utilized for part marking can be mixed with the DNA marking material. The authentication DNA used shall be unique to the contractor. Contractors will be required to retain traceability documentation that demonstrates the items provided under the contract have been marked with DNA material produced by Applied DNA Sciences or an authorized licensee, and that the DNA marking is unique to the contractor. DLA is proceeding with this marking requirement for FSC 5962 in order to implement effective authentication marking while concurrently initiating a research and development effort to evaluate comparable DNA and alternative authentication technologies for intended application to all electronics items. A forthcoming Request for Information (RFI) will request input concerning authentication marking technologies that would satisfy DLA’s requirements as outlined in the RFI.”

“Congress’ Profound Failure on Cybersecurity” – ABC

On August 2, 2012 Congress did it again. They acknowledged the looming threat of cyberwarfare while discussing the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, and then they “kicked the can down the road.” It’s what they do best. The “Party of No” hurt us all on a critically necessary piece of cyber-security legislation, and continued the U.S. Senate’s proud tradition of failing to do anything to deal with our absolute vulnerability to an attack by state sponsored hackers and terrorists on our critical infrastructure. …

ECIA and Distributor authorization

“the source”, ECIA August 2012 Newsletter includes an article on “distributor authorization” and the ECIA’s thoughts on the SAE G19 Counterfeit Electronic Parts Committee approach to verification of authorization.