DoD Sets June 28 Meeting on Counterfeit Electronic Parts Rule

The Department of Defense is hosting a public meeting to obtain the views of experts and interested parties on a May 16, 2013, proposed Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement rule addressing the detection and avoidance of counterfeit electronic parts.

The meeting will be held on June 28, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., EDT, at the General Services Administration, Central Office Auditorium, 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC, 20405.

DoD is seeking to open a dialogue with experts and interested parties in government and the private sector about the requirements for detection and avoidance of counterfeit electronic parts in DoD contracts.

The rule would apply only to contractors subject to the Cost Accounting Standards. It addresses the responsibility of DoD contractors for detecting and avoiding the use or inclusion of counterfeit electronic parts or suspect counterfeit electronic parts in items delivered to DoD. In lieu of requiring contractors to establish an entirely new and separate system for avoiding the purchase, and detecting the receipt, of counterfeit or suspect counterfeit parts, DoD plans to use contractors’ existing purchasing systems and quality assurance systems. Also, the rule proposes to make the costs associated with counterfeit or suspect counterfeit parts unallowable except in certain limited

The public comment period on the proposed rule closes on July 15, 2013.

According to the notice of the meeting, those wishing to attend the public meeting should register by June 20, 2013, to ensure adequate room accommodations and to facilitate entry to the GSA building. Interested parties can register here.

About William Van Huis

Bill Van Huis is a Senior Writer/Analyst for Wolters Kluwer Law & Business who tracks and analyzes new regulations impacting federal government contracting. He also follows court decisions involving bid protests and contract disputes. You can find his work in WK publications like Government Contract Reports and the FAR and DFARS Matrix Tools. Bill is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager, and he has a law degree from Southern Illinois University, where he graduated summa cum laude. Prior to joining WK, Bill worked both inside and outside state and local government in the areas of procurement and municipal finance. Bill also worked as a staff attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court.
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