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On January 24, 2022, the US Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) issued a request for information (“RFI”) to gather input on incentivizing domestic semiconductor investments and accelerate chip research to “ensure a robust domestic semiconductor industry.” Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on March 25, 2022. Specifically, with the assistance of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”), Commerce is requesting information to inform the design and implementation of the potential programs…

In a step that would significantly elevate obligations to map supply chains, disclose information identified, and impose financial penalties for companies who fail to comply, the New York State Senate this month unveiled the “Fashion Sustainability and Social Accountability Act” (“the Act”). The Act, if enacted, will require every fashion retail seller and manufacturer that does business in New York and has over USD 100 million in annual worldwide gross receipts to make a number…

In an era where supply chain disruptions and risks are regular front-page news, the Biden Administration has been undertaking a range of initiatives intended to create resilient supply chains that reflect the Administration’s policies around national security, foreign policy, human rights, and the US economy. Considering the non-stop legal and compliance developments in this space, with more on the horizon, in-house counsel and compliance professionals for companies with supply chains that touch the United States…

A recent Washington Post article about child labor in the Brazilian acai industry underscores the need for companies to develop compliance programs intended to identify and mitigate the risk of possible child labor in their supply chains. Not only is acai used in trendy health foods as noted in the article, but acai is also used as a base for other products. The article focuses on acai berries sourced from two regions in Brazil that…

On October 20, the House of Representatives passed five bills with overwhelming bipartisan support that aim to promote supply chain and network security. This post will focus on two bills directed towards the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”). While these legislative measures are directed towards a U.S. government entity, and thus may not (on their face) appear applicable to corporate supply chains, if enacted, these bills could result in changes to laws, regulations, and policies down…

On October 20, the House of Representatives passed five bills with overwhelming bipartisan support that aim to promote supply chain and network security. This post will focus on one bill directed to the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), and two bills directed to the Department of Commerce (“DOC”). While these legislative measures are directed towards U.S. government entities, and thus may not (on their face) appear applicable to corporate supply chains, if enacted, these bills…

Wednesday, November 3, 202110:00 am – 11:00 am ET The future of the healthcare and life sciences supply chain is digital. New technologies are redefining the delivery of healthcare, improving clinical data flows, tracking medical supply inventory and enhancing overall patient care. In this one-hour webinar, our panel of experts will look at the business issues, practical applications and legal considerations when digitizing the supply chain, covering topics such as: The blockchain potentialArtificial intelligence and…

On September 24, 2021, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry (“BIS”) published a “Notice of Request for Public Comments on Risks in the Semiconductor Supply Chain” (“Notice”). The Notice seeks responses from various parties in the semiconductor supply chain about current shortages and related issues. Comments in response to the Notice are due by November 8, 2021. The Notice was issued in response to a 100-Day Supply Chain Review (“Review”) of semiconductors and advanced packaging…

On August 19, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (the “NPRM”) discussing potential changes it is considering making to its equipment authorization and competitive bidding programs to restrict the use of telecommunications and video surveillance equipment and services produced or provided by five Chinese companies. Those changes could further narrow the availability and use of such equipment in the United States, and restrict companies that accept financing from two…

On September 28, 2021, the US Department of Defense (“DoD”) published a notice of request for public comments. DOD’s request relates to Executive Order 14017, (“America’s Supply Chains” or “Supply Chain EO”). See some of our key blog posts on the Supply Chain EO for more background. As part of requiring agency reviews of key industrial bases’ supply chains, the Supply Chain EO mandated that DoD conduct a one-year review of supply chains within the defense industrial base…