On September 10, 2020, the General Services Administration (“GSA”) hosted a webinar related to its implementation of Section 889 of the 2019 NDAA – the ban relating to certain Chinese telecom companies – and associated updated FAR clauses. (We previously have written about Section 889 here, here, here, and here). Below we provide highlights from the meeting. Slides presented at the meeting also are available here.
GSA began by clarifying what it cannot do – GSA is not able to provide contractors with a comprehensive list of subsidiaries and affiliates of the Chinese companies (the U.S. government has not released such a list), and it is not in a position to provide more insight into the definition of “use” under the rules. (We hope more clarity on these issues will be provided in response to comments submitted on the FAR interim rule).
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