Monthly Archives: March 2013

Comparison of Nuclear and Aerospace Quality Requirements for “Suspect/Counterfeit Items (S/CI)” – A Model for Government and Industry to Consider

During the NASA Quality Leadership Forum last week, representatives from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) presented a briefing on the DOE nuclear regulatory framework and a comparison of nuclear and aerospace quality requirements for counterfeit prevention. (i.e. “DOE O 414.1D Attachment 3 – Suspect/Counterfeit Items Prevention” versus “AS5553A – Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts; Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition”)

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Update re Counterfeit Parts Avoidance and Detection Standards Gap Analysis

Last month, I posted a gap analysis I performed concerning counterfeit parts avoidance and detection standards. I updated this gap analysis to correct an error on my part; I misinterpreted note 3 on page 7 within IEC/TS 62668-1.

The comment within the gap analysis table about AS5553A superseding IEC/TS 62668-1 was incorrect. It has come to my attention that IEC does not plan to supersede IEC/TS-62668-1 with AS5553A or otherwise adopt AS5553A. Furthermore other additional IEC documents are being developed.

UPDATED Standards Gap Analysis

Acquisition Reform Working Group 2013 Legislative Recommendations (March 13, 2013)

The Acquisition Reform Working Group (ARWG) recently completed its 2013 package of legislative proposals. The ARWG is comprised of the Aerospace Industries Association, American Council of Engineering Companies, Financial Executives International, National Defense Industrial Association, Professional Services Council, TechAmerica, The Associated General Contractors of America, The Coalition for Government Procurement and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The ARWG drafts an annual package of legislative proposals for consideration by the various relevant Committees of Congress.

The ARWG’s 2013 package of legislative proposals includes recommendations concerning “Refinement of the Framework for the Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts”. See more at The Professional Services Council

FAR / DFAR Case Update (22 Mar 2013)

Status updates from the 22 March ‘Open Cases Reports’ …

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General Motors Supports Seizure of More Than 50,000 Counterfeit Vehicle Parts in Saudi Arabia

GM Global Investigations team tackles issue of counterfeit parts … GM works closely with relevant authorities across the Middle East … Seizures protect consumers from poor quality parts …

More at General Motors

U.S. Space Industry ‘Deep Dive’ Preliminary Results and Findings – U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security Industrial Base Surveys and Assessments

“In June 2012, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of Technology Evaluation, in coordination with the U.S. Air Force, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Reconnaissance Office began a survey and assessment of the U.S. space industrial base supply chain network. The principal purpose of this project is to gain an understanding of the complicated network supporting the development, production and sustainment of products and services across the defense, intelligence community, civil and commercial space sectors.”

The “Second Waypoint Preliminary Findings” briefing includes some interesting findings concerning ‘encounters with counterfeits’…

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Faux Fur Case Settled by Neiman Marcus and 2 Other Retailers –

What is the world coming to? Now I have to worry if I _want_ to buy a fake…..

In a forehead-slapping development, Neiman Marcus and two other retailers, and Eminent, on Tuesday settled federal claims that they had marketed real fur as fake fur. The supposedly fake stuff was actually rabbit, raccoon and, possibly, dyed mink.

More at New York Times

Trade Secret Theft & Economic Espionage – Call for Public Comment (IPEC)

From the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator…

Yesterday, my office published a Notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comment for an Administration legislative review related to economic espionage and trade secret theft. The Notice is accessible here. I encourage you to read, consider, and respond to it by April 22, 2013, as input from informed leaders on these issues is vital to ensuring that thoughtful, efficient, and fair recommendations reach our lawmakers.
As you know, trade secret theft and economic espionage can be extremely damaging to American business, competitiveness, and job creation. For that reason, the Administration and the public must work together to provide Congress with the best ideas for how to reform laws related to trade secret theft and economic espionage in the most responsible manner. I look forward to working with you in the coming months to develop these recommendations.

Best wishes,


Victoria Espinel

U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator

Executive Office of the President

FAR / DFAR Case Update (15 Mar 2013)

Status updates from the 15 March ‘Open Cases Reports’ …

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