Monthly Archives: November 2014

Former US Navy Admiral Denies Creating Counterfeit Poker Chips | PokerNews

Former United States Rear Admiral Timothy M Giardina has denied allegations of creating and knowingly using counterfeit gambling chips at a poker table at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs in Iowa in June 2013.

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Federal Register: Higher-Level Contract Quality Requirements

DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to clarify when to use higher-level quality standards in solicitations and contracts. The rule also updates the examples of higher-level quality standards by removing obsolete standards and adding new industry standards that pertain to quality assurance for avoidance of counterfeit items.

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Traceability Requirements to Avoid Counterfeit Electronic Parts – the G19CI proposal

The SAE G19CI committee recently put forward a proposed revision to AS5553 for ballot. This proposed revision included the following requirement …

“Traceability of EEE Parts acquired from other than Authorized Suppliers shall be tracked to the lowest level of serialized assemblies.”

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FAR / DFAR Case Update (17 Nov 2014)

Status updates from the ‘Open Cases Reports’ …

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Chip Industry’s ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) Facelift Comes With Security Wrinkle | EE Times

“… on the path to IoT, the issue of data and device security looms large. … For Reinhard Ploss, CEO of Infineon Technologies, this is actually a plus. ‘The semiconductor industry opportunity is hardwired security to provide a backbone to which all applications can be attached.’

For this to happen, however, semiconductor companies must also move into software and data security. ‘We need the cloud for ubiquitous usage,’ … “

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US NRC Launches CFSI Public Webpage

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officially launched its Counterfeit, Fraudulent, and Suspect Items (CFSI) public webpage today …

“The site is intended to help all interested parties quickly locate counterfeit, fraudulent, and suspect items (CFSI) information relating to NRC regulated activities spanning a period of approximately 30 years. Once there you will find links to CFSI related Generic Communications, safety culture policy statement, public communications, and even NRC Commissioner’s speeches (past & present) on the subject of CFSI.

“Risk Based Thinking” Vs. “Faith Based Thinking”

“Risk based thinking” and “risk based approaches” have become popular themes in a number of quality, project and technical management circles, including counterfeit part avoidance and detection practices. The final rule under DFARS Case 2012-D055 discusses the use of a risk-based approach for a contractor counterfeit electronic part detection and avoidance system. New industry standards introduce risk based thinking when selecting tests and inspections to detect counterfeit parts.

In the following article, Dr. David E. Frick describes the hazards of ascribing levels of risk based on esoteric analysis versus risk assessments supported by empirical data and defensible estimates …

David E. Frick, Ph.D., “The Fallacy of Quantifying Risk“, Defense AT&L Magazine, September–October 2012, p.18-21

In recent opinion piece, quality management system expert, Chris Paris (author of Eyesore 9001) discusses problems facing users with new “risk based thinking” requirements and offers an important warning …

What is ISO 9001′s “Risk-Based Thinking” Anyway?

As with other applications of “risk based thinking”, when studying basis of counterfeit part risk assessment methods, the user community should should beware of “faith based thinking” approaches that transfer risk vs reduce risk to the end user.

NOTE: For those of you in the New York City area next week, Chris Paris will be speaking on the subject of “risk based thinking” at an event sponsored by the NY/NJ Metro Section of ASQ – “Risky Business: Surviving the Future of ISO 9001:2015

Federal Register: Agency Information Collection Activities — Allegation of Counterfeiting and Intellectual Piracy

The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE), is submitting the following information collection request for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
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Ruminations … Chapter 2: Circuitous Paths

The introduction to this series of essays included a brief a discussion of the movement of parts among the more prominent players within the electronic part supply chain. The following diagram includes a depiction of the flow of parts from Original Component Manufacturers (OCMs) to Authorized Distributors to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and to Contract Manufacturers (CMs).

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FAR / DFAR Case Update (31 Oct 2014)

Status updates from the ‘Open Cases Reports’ …

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