Monthly Archives: February 2016

FAR / DFAR Case Update (26 Feb 2016)

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FAR / DFAR Case Update (19 Feb 2016)

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FAR / DFAR Case Update (16 Feb 2016)

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GAO-16-236: DOD Needs to Improve Reporting and Oversight to Reduce Supply Chain Risk (Feb 16, 2016)

“The DOD supply chain is vulnerable to the risk of counterfeit parts, which have the potential to delay missions and ultimately endanger service members. To effectively identify and mitigate this risk, DOD began requiring its agencies in 2013 and its contractors in 2014, to report data on suspect counterfeit parts. A Senate report included a provision for GAO to review DOD’s efforts to secure its supply chain from counterfeit parts. This report examines, among other things, (1) the use of GIDEP to report counterfeits, (2) GIDEP’s effectiveness as an early warning system, and (3) DOD’s assessment of defense contractors’ systems for detecting and avoiding counterfeits.

GAO analyzed data from GIDEP for fiscal years 2011 through 2015; reviewed DOD policies, procedures, and documents; and met with agency officials and seven selected contractors based on dollar value from contracts that included a new counterfeit clause. …”

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Obama to Sign Bill Combating Counterfeit Chips – EE Times

U.S. President Barak Obama indicated Thursday (Feb. 11) that he will sign into law a customs bill passed by the U.S. Senate that includes a provision to combat counterfeit semiconductors….

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FTDI abuses Windows Update, pushing driver that breaks counterfeit chips – TechRepublic

For the second time, FTDI released a driver published to Windows Update which has resulted in counterfeit chips used in finished products being left inoperable…

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Counterfeit Prevention Standards Gap Analysis — 8 Feb 2016 Update

Here is an update to the standards gap analysis I have been maintaining. …

  • Includes Proposed IPC-1782 Standard for Traceability of Critical Items Based on Risk
  • Records DoD adoption of AS6886, Counterfeit Materiel; Assuring Acquisition and Use of Authentic and Conforming Refrigerant

Counterfeit Prevention, Detection and Avoidance Standards Gap Analysis for Hardware Products (Updated 8 February 2016)

Henry Livingston

IPC Standards Activity for “Traceability of Critical Items Based on Risk”

The IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries established a task group to develop a new standard …

IPC-1782, Standard for Traceability of Critical Items Based on Risk

According to the IPC 2-19A Critical Components Traceability Task Group…

“This standard will establish minimum requirements for traceability of items throughout the entire supply chain, with particular initial emphasis on component traceability through the manufacturing and assembly processes (e.g.; SMT, mechanical assemblies, test, etc.). Minimum traceability requirements will be based on the IPC classification system (Class 1, Class 2, Class 3) and/or another set of categories of compliance (e.g.; IPC-2610 Grades A, B, and C) based on the business model/economic needs of the end-use market for the final product (telecom, aerospace, automotive, and/or consumer electronics) or a part within that product. The standard will apply to all critical parts, components, and items as defined by the Purchaser and Supplier of equipment used in the manufacture of printed wiring assemblies, as well as mechanical assemblies. The criticality of these items will be agreed to by the purchaser and supplier through the use of this standard and MIL Standard 882-E.”

More at IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries

FAR / DFAR Case Update (5 Feb 2016)

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FAR / DFAR Case Update (1 Feb 2016)

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