Over the next three months, the Federal Acquisition Councils will hold six public meetings on counterfeit technology.
Each of the all-day meetings will address different subject areas “to develop greater assurances regarding the authenticity of IT products acquired by the government,” the councils say in a June 3 Federal Register notice.
Some of the meeting topics will include:
Performance and security
Contractor liability and consequential damages
Competitiveness issues associated with procuring IT products from the original equipment manufacturers or authorized distributor
Identifying viable means of authenticating IT products
Contractor supply chain risk management requirements as an evaluation factor in procurements
All the meetings will take place — the first one is scheduled for June 23 — at the General Services Administration’s headquarters in Washington.
These discussions follow one that GSA held in December that provided insight into just how bad counterfeit technology has become in the public sector.
The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security will issue a report later this year detailing just how serious the problem has become.
At the December meeting, BIS detailed some initial findings including companies discovering 473 counterfeit electronics through Customs and Border Protection notifications.