I was very pleased to see that included in the continuing resolution bill passed by Congress were two items I’ve been advocating for sometime including in my recent testimony. Hats off to Congressman Wolf and others who have helped America take this step in the right direction!
SEC . 109. The Department of Commerce shall provide a monthly
report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives
and the Senate on any official travel to China by
any employee of the U.S. Department of Commerce, including the
purpose of such travel.
SEC . 516. (a) None of the funds appropriated or otherwise
made available under this Act may be used by the Departments
of Commerce and Justice, the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration, or the National Science Foundation to acquire an
information technology system unless the head of the entity
involved, in consultation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation
or other appropriate Federal entity, has made an assessment of
any associated risk of cyber-espionage or sabotage associated with
the acquisition of such system, including any risk associated with
such system being produced, manufactured or assembled by one
or more entities that are owned, directed or subsidized by the
People’s Republic of China.
(b) None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available
under this Act may be used to acquire an information technology
system described in an assessment required by subsection (a) and
produced, manufactured or assembled by one or more entities that
are owned, directed or subsidized by the People’s Republic of China
unless the head of the assessing entity described in subsection
(a) determines, and reports that determination to the Committees
on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate,
that the acquisition of such system is in the national interest
of the United States.
Greg Autry serves as Senior Economist with the American Jobs Alliance, Economist with the Coalition for a Prosperous America and is co-author (with Peter Navarro) of Death by China: Confronting the Dragon – a Global Call to Action. He blogs regularly at: http://www.gregautry.us/blog and on the Huffington Post.
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