Contractors are concerned about meeting their compliance standards since the federal government's sudden implementation of an interim ban on products from Huawei and other Chinese companies.
"Although the rule was important for the government to implement quickly, that doesn’t make the industry criticisms any less valid. Because the rule is going to impact businesses so tremendously, there has to be clarity all the way through, or else companies could be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions of dollars, trying to become compliant with this, and if they don’t have clarity, it’s not really fair to them," said Government Contracts attorney Eric Crusius.
While the interim ban stems from lawmakers’ concerns about Chinese-made equipment potentially being used for espionage purposes, policy and trade groups representing federal contractors have written to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council for industry criticisms and how it took immediate effect without a chance for the public to comment first.
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