Jury Convicts Defense Contractor of Mail Fraud, False Claims

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A United States District Court jury convicted Stephan D. Boggs, 63, of Columbus with four counts of mail fraud and 21 counts of false claims.

Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and Brian J. Reihms, Special Agent in Charge, Defense Criminal Investigative Services (DCIS), Central Field Office, announced the verdict reached yesterday, which was returned following a trial that began on July 11 before U.S. District Judge James L. ...

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US DoD finalises anti-counterfeit electronic measures

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The US Department of Defense has published new rules to help prevent counterfeit electronic parts ending up in military systems.

The final version of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) – published this week – will “strengthen the integrity of the process for acquisition of electronic parts and benefits both the government and contractors,” according to the Federal Register notice.

In 2010/2011 the DoD said it had identified upwards of a million counterfeit components in the military supply chain, ...

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Can Big Data Solve the Counterfeiting Problem?

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https://epsnews.com/2016/08/01/can-big-data-solve-counterfeiting-problem/

The electronics supply chain has been trying almost from its inception to prevent or weed out counterfeit components. Solutions to date include marking components with a unique identifier and procuring parts only through authorized channels. But several companies in recent months have suggested that following the data generated by a component’s manufacturing, test, QC and related processes may be a better anti-counterfeiting method.

Optimal+, a vendor to major semiconductor manufacturers, provides software solutions for collecting, cleaning and aggregating data ...

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At long last: The final rule on safeguarding of contractor information systems

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http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/solutions-ideas/2016/06/13/far-rule-federal-contractor-information/85825436/

fter years of gestation, a final rule was promulgated May 16 to mandate minimum cyber defenses for companies that do government business. This Federal Acquisition Regulations rule – “Basic Safeguarding of Contractor Information Systems” 81 Fed. Reg. 30439 – seeks to protect the confidentiality and integrity of federal contract information (FCI) that resides in or transits through any contractor information system.

Why this rule?

Agencies are required by the Federal Information Security Modernization Act to protect federal information. The obligation extends ...

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Pentagon Hires Foreign Chips Supplier

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The Pentagon has decided to rely on an Abu Dhabi-owned company to supply the most advanced microchips used in U.S. spy satellites, missiles and combat jets. A senior U.S. Defense Department official said in an interview that the Pentagon has reached a seven-year agreement with Globalfoundries Inc., one of the big four global chip makers, to supply the microchips. Terms weren’t disclosed.

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http://www.realcleardefense.com/2016/06/06/pentagon_hires_foreign_chips_supplier_282678.html

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China Subjects Tech Imports to Heavy Security Scrutiny

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China is investigating the encryption and data storage features of technology products sold there by large foreign companies such as Apple, The New York Times reported this week.

Authorities apparently are focusing on whether the products pose a security threat.

A committee associated with the Cyberspace Administration of China reportedly is conducting reviews that include interviews of company executives and other employees.

Other countries, including the U.S. and the UK, do review some tech products, but they tend to focus on those to ...

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DoD Proposes Cost Allowability Rule for Correcting Counterfeit Electronic Parts

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The Department of Defense (“DoD”) recently proposed to make specified costs allowable that are associated with discovering and correcting counterfeit or suspect counterfeit electronic parts. DoD’s proposed rule would amend the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (“DFARS”) to implement the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2016.

The proposed rule provides that certain costs associated with counterfeit or suspect counterfeit electronic parts may be allowable if three conditions are met:

The counterfeit or suspect counterfeit electronic ...

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What You Need to Know About Counterfeit Cable and Connectors

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Cable and connectivity is the unsung hero or our industry. There are very few products, if any, that do not need to be connected to something else via wire or cable. That being said, the sale and use of low-grade counterfeit cabling is a growing issue that poses a problem too large to ignore. At the very least, the use of counterfeit cables on a project will cause a customer’s network to operate below standard. At the worst, an ...

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NSWC Crane plays essential role in national security

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CRANE, Ind. – The Department of Defense (DoD) relies on a large network of global suppliers for parts used in communication and weapon systems. In Fiscal Year 2014, the DoD managed more than 4.7 million parts at a cost of over $96 billion. All of these parts are at risk of being counterfeited, which can affect the integrity of systems, delay missions and endanger the lives of service members. Experts at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC ...

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Counterfeit Parts: DOD Needs to Improve Reporting and Oversight to Reduce Supply Chain Risk

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What GAO Found

Department of Defense (DOD) agencies and contractors submitted 526 suspect counterfeit parts reports in the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) from fiscal years 2011 through 2015. These were submitted primarily by contractors. Defense agencies and contractor officials explained that congressional attention to counterfeit parts in 2011 and 2012 led to increased reporting, and that the lower number of reports in more recent years is partly the result of better practices to prevent the purchase of counterfeit parts.

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