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SWFL companies accused of importing, selling counterfeit products – WBBH

“Two Southwest Florida companies are accused of importing then selling counterfeit electronic parts according to a lawsuit filed in federal court. …”

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N.J. manufacturer placed soldiers’ lives at risk, man says in whistleblower suit –

“A New Jersey man has filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging he was fired from his quality assurance job after complaining the company used foreign-made pieces on tanks that placed the lives of U.S. soldiers at risk. …”

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The NDAA for 2019 passed by the Senate 19 June discusses “a pilot program to test the feasibility and reliability of using machine-vision technologies to determine the authenticity and security of microelectronic parts in weapon systems.”

(Thank you to G Bogert for bringing this to my attention)

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Requests for Information: Suppliers Selling on Commercial e-Commerce Portals

The General Services Administration (GSA) is soliciting information from the suppliers selling product through commercial e-Commerce Portals in order to complete Phase II of the requirements enacted in Section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018, Procurement through Commercial e-Commerce Portals.

[Note section II 1 a ii re identification of products where counterfeits are a significant problem ]

II. Written Comments
To assist GSA in meeting the requirements associated with Phase II of the implementation, GSA and OMB are inviting suppliers selling product through commercial ecommerce platforms to submit written comments. …
1. Product Categories
a. Identify which product types/categories/subcategories should be considered in scope for inclusion in the program. …
ii. Assessment of supply chain risk, including the extent to which you believe counterfeit products are a significant problem,and mitigation strategies; …

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Thailand is new dumping ground for world’s high-tech trash, police say – Reuters

BANGKOK, May 30 (Reuters) – Thailand is a new dumping ground for scrap electronics from around the world, say police and environmentalists, the latest country to feel the impact of China’s crackdown on imports of high-tech trash. …

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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).

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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

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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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