JAN 13, 2020 | US
Telecom, Software Industry Groups Push Back on Commerce’s Proposed Supply Chain Rule
Nextgov, January 13, 2020
By Mariam Baksh
Stakeholders providing feedback to the Commerce Department on rules for executing a May executive order that would ban US entities from purchasing information and communications technology from “foreign adversaries” say they should put the proceeding on hold, and examine how they might be affected by related efforts by other parts of the government.
In general, due to the scope and vagueness of the proposal, BSA | The Software Alliance—members of which have supply chains that are deeply interwoven with international collaborators—told Commerce the rules would make it “impossible for companies to create responsive compliance programs or to conduct business with a predictable and reliable understanding of the risks.”
The group added the “proposed framework would likely have only a marginal impact on improving supply chain security, while severely constraining US companies’ ability to innovate.”
BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life.
With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.