The Loophole That Allows Local Government To Use Fed Funds On Banned PRC Products

By Conor Healy, Published Jul 26, 2021, 10:16am EDT

School districts are breaking the law by spending Federal funds on banned Hikvision products. When called out on violations, districts paper over the purchases with a questionable accounting loophole, while keeping the Federal money and the equipment.

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Inside this note, we examine 3 California and 1 Minnesota purchases, potential 800+ other situations, and why one sales expert called this practice 'shenanigans'.

Executive *******

****** ********* **** ********* used ******* ***** ** buy **** ****** ********, when **********, * ********* 'recoded' *** ********* ** non-federal *****. *********, **** violates *** ****** ** not *** ****** ** the ***, **** *** expert ******* ** '***********' and **** ****** ******** it ** *** ******* government.

**** ***** ***+ ********* of ****-****** ********, *** a ***** ** $*.* million ***** *** ******* ban **** **** ******. Many ** **** *** likely ** **** **** federal *****.

Hesperia ******* ****** ********

** ******** ****, **********'* Hesperia ******* ****** ******** (HUSD) ******** *** ******* (known) ********** ******** *** banned ********* ***** *** NDAA **** **** ******, spending $***,***.** *** ** Hikvision ******* *******.

* ****** ***** ********************** *** ******* ****** as ******* ***** *** aid, ***** **** ************** David ***** ********* ** IPVM. *******, ** ********* at ***** **** * violation *** ********:

*** ******** ******* ****** District **** ********** *** Secondary ****** ********* ****** (“ESSER”) ***** ******** ***** the ******* *********** ***, Relief, *** ******** ******** (“CARES”) *** ** ******** thermal ******* ** ****** student ************ ******* ***** devices ******* ************ ******* and ******* *** ****** information ********* ** ********** public ****** ******** ** help **** ***** *** students *******. *** ******* take *********** ******** ****; they ** *** ******* facial *********** ** ******* any ******** ****.The ******** ******** ** ******** **** *** ***** *** *** *** ** ***** ***** ** **** ********** *** **** ****** ** **-****** ***********. [emphasis added]

** ******** **. ***** with *********** ** *** law. ** ***** ******* his ********, ******* **** they “********” *** ******* source:

* ***** **** ** inform *** **** ** have ******** ******* *** this ********; ** ** no ****** ***** ****** out ** ***** ***, or *** ***** ******* funds.

Rocori ****** ********

** ****** ****, **** - * **** ***** the *** **** **** effect - ****** ****** District ** **** ******, MN, ********* $**,***.** ** Hikvision ******* ******* *** tablets, *** ********:

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**** *******, ******'* ******** of ********, ********* **** used ******* ***** *** funds. ******* **** *** school *** ***** ** the **** ***, *** believed ** *** *** apply ***** **** *** not *** **** ********* directly, ******* ****:

***, ** **** *****. We *** *** **** person *** *** ****** look **** **** ** make **** ** ******** the *****, *** * believe ** *** ****** the *****.

*** **** ******* ** all ********* ** ********* or *****, ************ ** the ******. ** ***** Superintendent **** ********** *** they ********** ** *** purchase *** *****:

* **** ****** **** our ******** *******, **** Bertram *** ** ***** this ******** *** ** CARES *** ******* *******. [Your ********] ** ** longer ********.

**. ********** ***** *****:

** *** ******* **** of *** ******** *****, we **** *** ***** that *** ******** ****’* meet *** ********* *** of *** *****. ** knew ***** **** ************, but ** *** *** realize *** ******* **** under **** ********.

** ******* ** ******* further **** ****** **** or *** **** ***** the ******** ** ****** Hikvision **** ******* *****.

Mountain **** ****** ********

******** **** ****** ******** (MVSD), ** *******, **, bought $**,***.** ** ********* thermal ******* *** ******. The **************'* ****** ********* confirmed **** *** ***** that ******* ***** **** used, **** ********** ********* to *** ***** *** by ****. *******, ************** Dr. ******* **** ***** reversed **** *****:

*** ***** ** ******** were ********* **** ******* in ** *******, **********. I **** ***** *** the **** ** ** pulled *** ******** ** our ***** ********* *******. The ****** ********* ****Federal ***** **** *** **** *** ******** ** *********. *** ******** ************ ***** **** **** ** *****. Thank you for your inquiry. [emphasis added]

** *****:

** *** ***** ***** of ********* *** **** we **** ***** ** any *********** ** ********. We **** *** ******** from *******. ******* *** disclosed ** ** ***** any ******.

** ***** ** *** purchase ********** **** **** Federal *****, *** *** been ******** ***** *** inquiry. **. **** ******* to *******.

Likely * ****** *******

***** *** ***** ******** have ******** ***+ ********* for ******* ********* ******** since *** ****** **, 2020 ********* **** ** the **** ******* ******* ban, ********* ** ********. This ** ******* ********** for *** ********** ********. Given *********** ************* ** Federal ***** ** ***** agencies **** *** **** period, ***** *** ****** many ***** ********* *********.

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Modesto ***

** *****, ******* **** Schools **** *** **** recoding ********* ************* ** ********* *********** screening **** ******* *****.

Problem ****** **** ******

***** *** ***** ******** have **** ***+ ********* for ******* ********* ******** since *** ****** **, 2020 ********* **** ** the **** ******* ******* ban, ********* ** ********.

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**** ** ******* ********** for *** ********** ********. Given *********** ************* ** Federal ***** ** ***** agencies **** *** **** period, ***** *** ****** many ***** ********* *********.

"Shenanigans" **** ***** ******

***** ******, ** ****** ** local ********** *****, ********* this ******* ** ************ how *** ********* *** logged ** ***** ********** systems. ** **** *** mean ***** *** ******** to *** ******* **********.

****** ********* **** ** "shenanigans", ****** "** * rob ***** ** *** Paul *** **** ***** Peter ***** ** ******* Paul, ****'* ********."

****** ******** ** **** not ****** *** **** that ******* ***** **** used, ** ******* **** different ******** ******** *** different ******* *******. "**** already ***** *** ***** out ** ***** ******* funds. ******** ***** ***** the ***** **** ***** directly *** *******."

********, **** ** *** funding *********** ******* ** to ****** * **** explaining *** ******* ***** will ** *****. "*** spirit ** [*** *****] is **** **** **** is **** *** ******* with *** ******* *****," Eatmon ****, "*** *** spirit ** **** ***'* upheld. *****'* ** ****** that ****** *** ****. There's ** ********** **** they're ***** ** ** held ***********."

Fever *********** *****

******* ********* ******* ***, these **** ********* **** most ********* *** ***** screening ******* **** **** testing *** *****-******** ***** ********* ** the ******* ** ********** Optics**** ***** ** **** significant *********** *****. **** increases *** **** **** the ***** *** ****** while ********** **** ** public ******.

School ********* **** ****** ******* *****

********* **** ***** *********** from ******* ***** ** the ******.. *************** ******* *** ****’************ ** **** *** Grant *********** *** ******* ***** “recipients *** *************” ****** “procure ** ******”, “****** or ***** * ******** to ******* ** ******”, and “***** **** * contract […] ** ******* or ******” ******* *********/********.

IPVM ******* *** ** ******* ***********

**** ******* *** ** federal *********** ** *** last ***** ** ***** them ** **** ******** and ** ******* **** review **. ** ** when *** ******** ** action ** *****, ** will ****** **** *********.

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** *** **** **** the ******* ******** ** a ********* ********? *** you **** * *********?

** ***** ** *********** to *** ******* *** schools ** *** ***** areas.

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**'* **** * ********* database ****** ********. ** you *** ** **** the ***** ** ******, I *** ***** *** results.

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********, ** *** ******** a *** ** ********** Hikua *********, *** *** check *****:

** ********** ********* ** Dahua *** ********* ******

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* ******, ** ** more ** *** ****** or *** ********** ** flag ****? * ***** that ****** ** *** local ****** ********* *** a **** ** ** who ********* ** ** that **** **** ******. It's *** ** ****** for ******** *** ***, but *'* **** ****** to ****** *** *** or ** **** ** would *** ******* **********.

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"* ******, ** ** more ** *** ****** or *** ********** ** flag ****? * ***** that ****** ** *** local ****** ********* *** a **** ** ** who ********* ** ** that **** **** ******. It's *** ** ****** for ******** *** ***, but *'* **** ****** to ****** *** *** or ** **** ** would *** ******* **********."

** ** ********** *** responsibility ** *** *** entities ******* *** ****** for **** ****** *****. There ** ** ******; school ****** *** ***** responsible *** ********** ******** scrutinize ***** ***** ********. Like ***** ***** * have **** ****** **** "ignorance ** *** *** is ** ****** *** will *** ** ******* as ****". **** ** especially **** *** ********** funded ************. ***** ******** ignorance *** ****** **** and *** ***** ***** jobs. ** **** *** matter ******* ** *** they **** **-****** ******* consultants ** ***********; ** is ***** ** **** to ******* ******* ** not * *********** ** legal.

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********, **** ****** ***** this *** ******* **** to **** *** ******* around ******** ***** ***** districts * **** ********. It’s ** **** ** navigate **** *****, *** even ** ** ******** some ******** **********, *** fact **** ***’** ******** them ******* **** ** prevent ****** ******* ***** and ** *** *** CARE *** ***** ********* else. ****** * ****** service ** **** *****.

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**** *** **** **** know ****** *** **** if ***** ********** *****'* alert **** **** **** know *** ** *** these ******** ***** *******.

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"**’* ** **** ** navigate **** *****, *** even ** ** ******** some ******** **********, *** fact **** ***’** ******** them ******* **** ** prevent ****** ******* ***** and ** *** *** CARE *** ***** ********* else. ****** * ****** service ** **** *****. "

**** ******* ** **** their ******* ******* ********** if **** *** *** doing ***** **** ** their *** *********.

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#* ***** *** *********, not ******** *************. ***** jobs *** ** ******* our ********. ** ****** not ****** **** ** know **** ******* **** been ****** ** *** US ********** **** **** probably ***'* **** *** difference ******* **** *** 4MP. **** * ******** hires ** ** ** my ************** ** **** them *** **** ******** solution *** ***** *****. If ** ********** *** involved ** ***** ********* then * **** *** blame ****** **** ** them. ** *** ******** decided ** ******** *** cameras ****** *** **** install, **** ******* **** are ** ***** *** why ****** ****? * warning ***** ********* **** appropriate. ** ** **** experience ** **** ****** I *** **** *** that ********* *** **** followers, *** **** ********* good ******.

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**** *** ********* *** punished *** **** ***** customers ** ***** ******* them ******? **. ** you *** ***** ** a ********** ******** ** are **** ** **** decisions ** ** ******** of * ******, *** the ******, *** *** the ****** *** ***********. School ********* *** ********* put ***** ***** ***** where **** **** ***'* always ******, *** **** is ********** **. ** one ***** ** **** responsibility *** ***** *********; then ***'* **** * job **** **** *** in * ******** **** falls *** ******* **** skillsets.

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"** ** **** ********** in **** ****** * can **** *** **** educators *** **** *********, and **** ********* **** people"

**** *** **** *** be **** ***********; **** are *** **** *********, but ******, **** ** make *** ***** *** are ********* ***** ****** and ******* ****** ******* circles ** ******** ** get **** **** **** and ******* *** **. If *** ******** ***** types ** ****** ** "good ******" **** * suppose ***** **** ******, but **** *****'* **** them *** ****** ** educating ********** *** ****** better ********* **** ***** people's *****. *** **** has **** ** **** experience **** ** *****.

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**** ******** **** *** seem **** ***** ** the ********* ******.

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********** ********, ******* ******, making ******* ********* **** taxpayer ***** ******** ****** make ** *** *****. Maybe *** ****'* * taxpayer.

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**** *** ********* *** punished *** **** ***** customers ** ***** ******* them ******? **.

**** - *****.

*** **** **** ********** bartenders **** ********** **** times *** '****-*******' ********* already *********** ********* *** then ** ** ** harm ******, *** ************** that **** ***** ****** for **** ********* **** sued *** ******** ***** bartenders ** ****-*****, ***** is * ******** ************ factor **** ********* ***** for *** ******** **** caused ** *** ********* attorneys ****.

* ** *** ******** with **** ******** **** the *** **** ***** to ** ***** *** diligence... *** **** ***, I ***** **** *** integrators ******* ******** ********* to *** ***** *** also ** **** *** not ***** ***** *** due ********* *** ******** solutions ** ********* **** could *** **** ** a ******** ** ****.

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"*** **** **** ********** bartenders **** ********** **** times *** '****-*******' ********* already *********** ********* *** then ** ** ** harm ******"

******? **** ***? *****? How *****, ***+ *****?

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****** "********* ********** *** over-serving".

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* ******* * ***** said "*** ****-*******". *'* referring ** * ********* simply ******* ********* ******* to * ****** ********. You **** ** ** an *******.

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******* **** ****:

**** **** **** **** a ******** ****** *** serving ** ******* ******* to ****** ** *********** persons *** ***** ***** death, ******, ** ******** damage ** ******* ******.

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********* ** ****** *** the ******** ** ******** have **** **** ** dram **** *** ** effect, ******* ** *****. Those ****** ******* **** shop **** *** ********, Kansas, *********, ********, ********, Nevada, ***** ****** *** Virginia

******* ** ***** *** Hikvision ********* ********* *** possibly ******* **** * responsibility ** ****** ***-***** of **** *****, ******* to * ********* ** a ********** *********** ********.

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*** ** ****, *** analogy. *** *** ***** are ***** *** **** responsible **********. ********** ** government ************ **'* ********** that **** *** ******* of *** ***** ** they *** **** **** followers. *** **** *** not. **** *** **** continuously ******* *** **** to ***** *** ***** which ** **** **** when **'* *** ***** own *****.

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*** *** ***** *** still *** **** *********** regardless.

* ***** **** ****. End ***** ****** ** most *********** ****** ******* should **** **** **************. I ***** **'* *** for ******* *** ******* (whether ** ******* ** surveillance) ** ****** ***** shoulders *** *** "*** that's *** *****'* *******." It's *** **** *** a ****** *** ****** easily **** *** ********* with *** **** ** at ***** ******* ** to *** ********. **** if *** ******** ***** to ***** ** **, that's ** *** ********.

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** ***** ** *** problem **** ** ****** if *** ****** *** they ****** **-********** *** the *****/**** *** ********. And ***, ************ *** Integrators, ***** ** *** for ******** ** ****** solutions.

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