Ban On Chinese IT Creates Contracting Headaches

By Dietrich Knauth (May 10, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT) -- Federal contractors are raising concerns about recent legislation that bans some agencies from acquiring information technology systems that are even tenuously connected to Chinese state-controlled companies, a mandate they say is so broad and poorly defined that it could force the government away from commercial contractors entirely.

The ban, included in the must-pass March 21 legislation that funds the government until September, affects the U.S. departments of Justice and Commerce, NASA and the National Science Foundation, and prohibits them from using 2013 funds to purchase IT systems "produced, manufactured or assembled" by entities that are "owned, directed or subsidized by the...

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