Trump Admin to Block Agencies From Contractors Using Products From Five Chinese Firms

The White House plans to complete this week regulations that would ban U.S. government agencies from procuring goods and services from contractors that use telecommunications equipment and other products from five China-based companies, Reuters reported Thursday.

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council will issue the new rule, which is slated to take effect Aug. 13, and would require a company to either secure a government waiver or certify that it does not utilize products from Huawei Technologies, ZTE, Hikvision, Dahua and Hytera Communications.

“The danger our nation faces from foreign adversaries like China looking to infiltrate our systems is great,” Russ Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, said in a statement to the publication.

A U.S. official said the U.S. government would direct agencies to perform a national security analysis before they issue any waivers to the companies under the new rule, which seeks to restrict Chinese firms’ influence.

In late June, the Federal Communications Commission declared Huawei and ZTE as national security threats as part of efforts to safeguard U.S. communications networks from security risks.

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