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August 20, 2020

DoD Wins 5-Week Waiver on Firms Having to Certify Non-Use of Banned Chinese Telecom Equipment

The Department of Defense has been granted a temporary waiver until September 30 to implement Sec. 889 (B). The regulation, which took effect on August 13, requires companies doing business with the federal government to certify that their firms are not using certain banned, Chinese-made, telecommunications equipment, such as those made by Huawei and ZTE.

ACEC joined with other business groups in requesting a longer delay to allow impacted firms to better prepare. Member firms have already reported that contracts are being modified to require firms to certify that they are not using these items.

While the five-week reprieve is not the length the contractor community sought, the Director of National Intelligence acknowledged that a longer-term waiver following a review of the impact on the contracting industry may be necessary to avoid any further delays in procuring goods and services.

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