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RAPTAC / Regulations & Procedures Roundup

The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee held a marathon open session Tuesday, with a particular emphasis on the microelectronics supply chain.

Next up, a team from the Strategic Radiation Hardened Electronics Council discussed collaborative efforts across agencies and industry to ensure survivable electronics, terrestrial and in space.

"If it can communicate, we can regulate it"

Evan Broderick Acting Executive Director of the Information and Communications Technology and Services (ICTS) program at BIS discussed the OICTS, a rapidly growing enforcement activity that set up shop last March.

“The program started with the 2019 Order 13873. that is the Supply Chain EO as it's commonly referred to. It is essentially said that the secretary of commerce can prohibit or mitigate ICTS transactions: information and communications technology transactions that used data in transferred from and linked to a foreign adversary."

National Security Guardrails for CHIPS Act Funding

Commerce Tuesday released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the guardrails intended to ensure technology and innovation funded by the CHIPS and Science Act is not used for malign purposes by adversaries.

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