A new rule could allow one department secretary to ban certain tech buys

The Department of Commerce | November 26, 2019

A new rule could allow one department secretary to ban certain tech buys
A proposed rule will allow a government department’s secretary to block the purchase of foreign technology that pose an “undue” risk to the U.S. information and communications infrastructure. The rule, published by the Department of Commerce Nov. 26, establishes procedures for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to “identify, assess, and address” information and communication technology (ICT) transactions he deems risky to national security. The proposed rule stems from an executive order President Donald Trump signed on May 15, which gave the secretary the authority to prohibit or mitigate transactions that involve ICT technology developed or supplied by entities located in adversarial nations.

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Frederick County, Maryland, founded in 1748, is located in the north central part of Maryland and is 664 square miles in area (the largest of Maryland’s counties).  Frederick County has a population of 243,675, according to the U.S. Census 2014 estimate. The county seat, and largest of the 12 incorporated municipalities, is the City of Frederick which is located 45 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. and 45 miles west of Baltimore.

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Bright Pattern | January 20, 2022

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Frederick County, Maryland, founded in 1748, is located in the north central part of Maryland and is 664 square miles in area (the largest of Maryland’s counties).  Frederick County has a population of 243,675, according to the U.S. Census 2014 estimate. The county seat, and largest of the 12 incorporated municipalities, is the City of Frederick which is located 45 miles northwest of Washington, D.C. and 45 miles west of Baltimore.