| PSC and NDIA Seek Extension to NDAA Section 889 Deadline
Arlington, Va. (Apr. 2, 2020)
The Professional Services Council (PSC), in conjunction with the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), sent a letter
to Congress urging a six-month extension of the deadline for implementing Section 889(a)(1)(B) of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. That law prohibits the government from doing business with companies using telecommunications equipment and services from specified Chinese companies.
The focus on dealing with the impact of COVID-19 fully justifies this six-month extension, said the March 31, 2020, letter. PSC and NDIA called for changing the deadline from August 13, 2020, to February 2021, giving the government time to develop and issue a draft implementation rule and giving industry and the public time to assess impacts and to prepare for a very complex undertaking.
“The long-term vulnerabilities from dependence on some of these items are real, and action is needed. However, both the government and its contractors are allocating their resources to support the nation’s response to and recovery from COVID-19,” said David Berteau, PSC President and CEO. “Changing the compliance date for Part B will let companies attend to immediate response needs while providing adequate time to assess and prepare for changes in supply chains.”
As PSC commented earlier to federal agencies, Part B’s broad language does not explicitly state critical definitions and compliance requirements. Both industry and the government need additional time to define more precisely how to meet the objectives of Part B.
“Securing supply chains against subtle, determined, and sophisticated adversaries remains essential for national security,” Berteau said. “By granting this request for an extended timeline, the defense industrial base will be in a better position to continue delivering uncompromised support for national defense objectives, even during this unprecedented crisis.”
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