The US-China Business Council today called on the White House and congressional leaders to oppose counterproductive language expected to be included in 2014 fiscal year appropriations that bars the Departments of Commerce and Justice, NASA, and the National Science Foundation from purchasing information technology (IT) systems from China without first conducting a cyber-espionage or sabotage risk assessment. The letter states that the rule “does little to improve the security of the US government’s IT systems” because it targets product from only one country, rather than coming up with effective security guidelines that would apply to products from any source. In addition to not enhancing security, the provision instead gives “our trading partners the opportunity to impose similar protectionist restrictions on US companies doing business in their markets.”
USCBC in April 2013 sent a letter to House and Senate leadership stating its opposition to the provision in the 2013 Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, as well as in future appropriations bills. USCBC has also raised its concerns over the provision in its meetings with congressional staff on Capitol Hill, and will continue to advocate for the removal or modification of this clause with senior administration and congressional officials.