Update re: NDAA 2020 sections re counterfeit parts avoidance and trusted microelectronics

The Senate Bill for the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (S.1790) modifies sections relevant to counterfeit parts avoidance and trusted microelectronics included in the House Bill. Here are the modified sections based on Conference report H.Rept.116-333 …

 

Sec. 224. Requiring defense microelectronics products and services meet trusted supply chain and operational security standards.
The Senate bill contained a provision (sec. 233) that would require the Secretary of Defense to establish, by January 1, 2021, supply chain and operational security standards and requirements for microelectronics and require the Department of Defense to purchase microelectronics and related services to the maximum practicable extent from providers that meet these standards.
The House amendment contained a similar provision (sec.230C) .
The House recedes with an amendment that would·: (1) Modify the required purchase implementation date; (2) Clarify the purchase requirement definition and specification; (3) Refine the applicability statement; (4) Clarify that suppliers should maintain the ability to sell commercially; and (5) Clarify that the standards be comprised of best practices.
The conferees intend that by incorporating and standardizing best practices the Department will improve its acquisition of securely manufactured, commercially-available products and ensure that a growing industrial base is more resilient to a variety of risks in the supply chain. Relevant best practices include those relating to: manufacturing location; company ownership; workforce composition and access during manufacturing; suppliers’ design, sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, and distribution processes; and reliability of the supply chain. Rather than MIL-SPEC style standards that would inhibit the Department’s flexibility, the standardization of best practices is intended to strike a balance between security and the cost-effectiveness of commercial solutions.

NOTE: For full text of this section, see H.Rept.116-333

Section 254, Funding for Anti-Tampering Hetrogenous Integrated microelectronics
The Senate bill contained no similar provision.
The House recedes.

Section 255, Briefing On Use of Blockchain Technology for Defense Purposes
The Senate bill contained no similar provision.
The House recedes.

Section 855, Supply Chain Risk Mitigation Policies to be Implemented Through Requirements Generation Processes
The Senate bill contained a similar provision (sec. 831) which addressed this and several other matters pertaining to the defense industrial base.
The House recedes.

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