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2020 Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials will be a virtual event

The SMTA/CALCE 2020 Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials will be a virtual event…

  • Technical Symposium and Expo: August 4 – 5, 2020
  • Professional Development Courses: August 6, 2020

This symposium will provide a forum to cover all aspects of changes in the electronic parts supply chain on how an organization performs part selection and management through whole life cycle of the parts. Going beyond anecdotes and examples of counterfeit components, this symposium focuses on the solutions that are available and are under development by all sectors of the industry.

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NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Parts

NASA is proposing to amend the NASA Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (NFS) to add new text that requires covered contractors and subcontractors at all tiers to use electronic parts that are currently in production and purchased from the original manufacturers of the parts, their authorized dealers, or suppliers who obtain such parts exclusively from the original manufacturers of the parts or their authorized dealers. If the contractor does not purchase electronic parts as described above, they must purchase the parts from a NASA identified supplier or contractor-approved supplier. The contractor will then assume responsibility and be required to inspect, test and validate authentication of the parts. The contractor will also be required to obtain traceability information and provide this information to the contracting officer upon request. The selection of contractor-approved
suppliers is subject to review and audit by the contracting officer.

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Ghosts in the Clouds: Inside China’s Major Corporate Hack — WSJ

A Journal investigation finds the Cloud Hopper attack was much bigger than previously known

“In one of the largest-ever corporate espionage efforts, cyberattackers alleged to be working for China’s intelligence services stole volumes of intellectual property, security clearance details and other records from scores of companies over the past several years. … ”

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S.1790 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020

12/20/2019 – Signed by President; Became Public Law No: 116-92

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DMSMS 2019 Sessions on Counterfeit Parts and Materials

This year’s Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages (DMSMS) / Parts Obsolescence Symposium includes a number of training and technical sessions on a variety of topics concerning counterfeit parts & materials, and cyber physical system security.

The agenda and session abstracts are available from the DMSMS 2019 website.

Here is a summary listing of these sessions based on the agenda as of 17 October …

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Hundreds of Component Buyers Scammed by Fraudulent Websites – ERAI

“Malicious individual(s) are continuing to use premium Google placement to entice victims into placing orders that require advanced payment for goods which the perpetrators do not intend to ship. To date, ERAI has recorded losses totaling in excess of $300,000.00 and has notified appropriate law enforcement agencies. Organizations around the world and from various industry sectors have been, and continue to be, targets. …

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Federal purchasing agency to stop acquiring used electronics – E-Scrap News

The federal government plans to cease buying refurbished and used IT equipment through its main acquisition arm, the General Services Administration. 

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The author argues that this ‘cuts the knees out of the small businesses’ …. My view is that this is a necessary step to prevent the government from acquiring contaminated hardware. Small businesses need to do more to protect their customers.

Father and son jailed for fraudulent sales to defense subcontractor – PBN

PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island businessman and his son received prison terms Wednesday after pleading guilty to fraudulently selling substandard titanium to a Connecticut defense subcontractor. …

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Legislation Would Secure U.S. Supply Chains Against Foreign Exploitation

“Washington, D.C. – Citing the vital need for a secure U.S. industrial base, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) have introduced bipartisan legislation to guard against attempts by the People’s Republic of China and others to undermine U.S. national security by exploiting and penetrating U.S. supply chains.  The Manufacturing, Investment, and Controls Review for Computer Hardware, Intellectual Property and Supply (MICROCHIPS) Act (S. 2316) would develop a national strategy to assess and prevent risks to critical U.S. technologies. …”

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Comment Request; Report on the State of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods Trafficking and Recommendations

The Department of Commerce is seeking comments from intellectual property rights holders, online third-party marketplaces and other third-party intermediaries, and other private-sector stakeholders on the state of counterfeit and pirated goods trafficking through online third-party marketplaces and recommendations for curbing the trafficking in such counterfeit and pirated goods. …

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