Trade Groups Request NDAA Blacklist Delay Citing Coronavirus

By Charles Rollet, Published Apr 06, 2020, 09:06am EDT (Info+)

Two trade groups representing government contractors have asked Congress to delay implementation of the NDAA's 'blacklist' clause from this August to "at least February 2021". UPDATE: SIA has joined the request.

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While the trade groups say they support the blacklist, they say that coronavirus related disruptions make it impractical to start in just 4 months.

This clause has raised significant concern in video surveillance, as it would ban any firm that "uses" Hikvision/Dahua equipment from selling to the federal government. If granted, the delay would give substantially more time for users to adjust.

In this note, we examine this request, whether it will be granted, and its possible implications, including:

  • Blacklist Clause Background
  • Letter: Coronavirus Makes "Current Implementation Timeline Infeasible"
  • Blacklist Clause Current Status
  • Trade Groups Examined
  • SIA Did Not Request/Update: SIA Joins
  • No Government Reply Yet
  • Likelihood of Delay Being Granted
  • Impact of Delay

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Comments (7)

United States Coronavirus: 366,906 Cases and 10,868 Deaths - Worldometer

Take a look at this website each day (10,859 deaths in USA by 6th April 2020) and you tell me if those brands that are made in China should not be banned as per NDAA schedule.

An estimated additional 180 - 195 deaths per day occurring at home in New York City due to COVID-19 are not being counted in the official figures. "Early on in this crisis we were able to swab people who died at home, and thus got a coronavirus reading. But those days are long gone. We simply don't have the testing capacity for the large numbers dying at home. Now only those few who had a test confirmation *before* dying are marked as victims of coronavirus on their death certificate. This almost certainly means we are undercounting the total number of victims of this pandemic," said Mark Levine, Chair of New York City Council health committee. [Mark D. Levine on Twitter: "It’s not just deaths in hospitals which are up. On an average day before this crisis there were 20-25 deaths at home in NYC. Now in the midst of this pandemic the number is 200-215. *Every day*. 5/"]

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Take a look at this website each day (10,859 deaths in USA by 6th April 2020) and you tell me if those brands that are made in China should not be banned as per NDAA schedule.

sometimes i'm a bit slow, but is this argument you are trying to make?

Thousands of Americans are dying from a virus that originated in China therefore the NDAA action against Hikuawei should not be delayed.

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You’re not slow - you are dead on the money, and have said it much clearer and concisely.

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Still, your argument is? How are the banned cameras related to the situation. The topic is American business straggling to complete the turnaround in time. The virus is not spreading via banned cameras

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UPDATE: SIA Joins Delay Request

On April 21, SIA announced it had joined the NDIA/PSC request to delay the blacklist clause, saying:

Delayed implementation of Part B will allow time for collaborative work on a solution that will make the implementation of Part B achievable consistent with the objectives of NDAA Section 889.

The letter co-signed by SIA did not only request a delay but also criticized the blacklist clause, stating it would harm coronavirus response efforts if implemented "as written":

As a result, U.S. providers will be barred from supplying essentially anyservice or good, such as personal protective equipment, to agencies. Part B will lead to a dramatic reduction in supplies to the government

Other groups joined as well, including the US Chamber of Commerce and others representing the IT, automotive, and aerospace sectors, increasing the likelihood a delay is granted.

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UPDATE - FedScoop, a news website that covers the US federal government, reports the DoD is "considering" whether to delay implementation of the blacklist clause by one year:

The DOD tells FedScoop that it is considering a one-year delay for contractors to comply with the regulations prompted by the law. The deadline would technically still be in effect, but DOD would change the requirements in contracting language allowing vendors more time to reach full compliance.

[...] A DOD spokesman, Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, later told FedScoop that the DOD is looking to delay full compliance by a year.

“DoD fully supports the intent of Section 889, but the Department is hearing that, in light of the COVID impacts and disruptions to the industrial base including small businesses, there may be reasons to extend by one year the implementation of the rule,” [Andrews] said. “While necessary to accomplish, the requirements of 889 will require significant investment and may benefit from use of a risk based approach to achieve effective implementation.”

IPVM has reached out to the DOD to confirm.

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UPDATE - Nextgov, which covers technology and government, reports the implementation deadline may not be extended after all, based on a former Hill staffer source:

“From my understanding, broadly, beyond watching the bill, it doesn’t look like they’re going to get the extension on the 889 deadline,” a former Hill staffer who tracks tech industry issues told Nextgov.

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