Senate Approves Supply Chain Security Bill

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The Senate on Dec. 18 approved by unanimous consent S. 3085, the Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Act.  This bill, according to its text, would “establish a Federal Acquisition Security Council and … provide executive agencies with authorities relating to mitigating supply chain risks in the procurement of information technology.”

The council would include members for the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense, the General Services Administration, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of Management and Budget, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  The council would be tasked with establishing criteria for determining what types of products pose supply chain security risks to the Federal government.

The Senate bill appears to lack a companion bill in the House, so its chances of becoming law in the near term are slim.

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