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Annual Industrial Capabilities Report to Congress for 2018 – DoD Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy Office

This year’s report to congress includes a number of discussions concerning counterfeit parts (similar to reports from prior years).

More @ DoD Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy Office


Technical Program Announced – CALCE/SMTA Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials

Technical Symposium and Expo: June 26-28, 2018
Workshops: June 28, 2018
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
College Park, MD

Technical session topics include:

  • What is being Counterfeited – Within and Beyond electronics?
  • Are the Standards Adequate to Protect You?
  • Panel Discussion – Challenges with AS671 Accreditation–Can it Handle Obsolete Parts?
  • Technological Solutions: Tagging, Tracing, Authenticating
  • How the US Government Agencies are Reacting
  • How to Detect Counterfeit Parts with Confidence
  • Bringing Information Security in the Solution Space
  • Impacts on Industry and Society

More at SMTA

Orange County Electronics Distributor Charged with Selling Counterfeit Integrated Circuits with Military and Commercial Uses

LOS ANGELES – The owner of PRB Logics Corporation, an Orange County-based seller of electronic components, was arrested this morning on federal charges alleging he sold counterfeit integrated circuits, some of which could have been used in military applications. …

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IPR Center celebrates tenth anniversary on World IP Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), FBI and other partner agencies with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) renewed their fight today against counterfeiting and IP theft that threaten the safety of American consumers, levy negative impacts on the U.S. economy and fund transnational criminal organizations, during at an event recognizing the center’s tenth anniversary. …

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The VA Proposes Acquisition Regulations re Counterfeit Electronic Parts

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is proposing to amend and update its VA Acquisition Regulation (VAAR) to require that contractor purchasing system reviews focus special attention on whether the contractor has implemented a counterfeit electronic part detection and avoidance system to ensure that counterfeit electronic parts do not enter the supply chain.

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United Technologies resolves U.S. counterfeit parts probe for $1 million – Reuters

(Reuters) – United Technologies Corp (UTX.N) will pay $1.06 million to resolve claims that a company it indirectly owned falsely certified the authenticity of counterfeit parts incorporated into U.S. Army helicopter engines, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday….

More at Reuters

Hers ia a press release from DoJ on the matter…

United Technologies Corporation Pays More Than $1 Million to Resolve False Claims Violations | USAO-CT | Department of Justice

Fraudsters Supplied Counterfeit for Pacific Fleet’s Recon Ship – Mil.Today (Russia)

… “”We have revealed the facts of submission of documents containing misrepresentations regarding quality of the components required for repairs of main and auxiliary engines of the ship named Kurily. However, origin of the components was not found” …

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Enhancements Are Needed to FAA’s Oversight of the Suspected Unapproved Parts Program – US Dept. of Transportation OIG

“… Our audit found that FAA’s process for monitoring and investigating SUPs is not as effective as it could be, because of recordkeeping weaknesses and the lack of a management control to capture and accurately report the number of SUPs. Also, Agency oversight of industry actions to remove unapproved parts is ineffective because it does not consistently implement its process for notifying the industry about unapproved parts. As a result, FAA cannot be assured that unapproved parts have been removed from the system and no longer pose a threat to safety. …”

More at Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Transportation

Counterfeit Materiel Process Guidebook, NAVSO P-7000 (June 2017)

“The purpose of this guidebook is to equip [Department of the Navy] activities with a practical tool for implementing a risk-based counterfeit materiel prevention program and provide implementation guidance to address the requirements delineated in [Department of the Navy] policy.”



OLAF helps partners seize over one million counterfeit semiconductors in major Joint Customs Operation

“To help keep European consumers safe, a major Joint Customs Operation, code-named Operation Wafers, co-ordinated by Dutch Customs with the support of OLAF, targeted counterfeit semiconductors imported into the EU from China and Hong Kong by post/express courier. In just two weeks, partners seized more than one million counterfeit devices such as diodes, LEDs, transistors and integrated circuits….”

More at OLAF