The Department of Defense (“DoD”) requested industry comments by April 28, 2021 to assist with the DoD’s forthcoming report identifying risks and policy recommendations regarding the supply chain for strategic and critical materials.  The Apr. 13, 2021 Federal Register notice notes “the need for resilient, diverse, and secure supply chains to ensure U.S. economic prosperity

Have you received a Section 889 letter yet? If not, you may soon. The letters ask whether you provide or use “covered telecommunications equipment or services.” They are part of the implementation of Section 889 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (the 2019 NDAA), which has two phases. The first phase started in August 2019 but has a limited scope. The second phase—which started in August 2020—is much broader and raises a lot more questions. This article answers some of those questions and provides some tips on how to comply.

Keep in mind that Section 889 is still being implemented. Much of this analysis is based on interim rulemakings at 85 F.R. 42665 and 85 F.R. 53126. Final rules may change based on public comments.
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