“The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) mandate, specifically Clause 252.204-7012 requiring all members of the Department of Defense’s supply chain to comply with NIST SP 800-171 is nothing new. For a year now, the DFARS mandate has been required of all members of the DoD supply chain. Until this point, while signing off on compliance has been necessary to winning DoD-related business, there has been no substantial moves by the DoD to ensure that their suppliers are truly compliant. Until now.
On January 21, 2019, Under Secretary for Defense Ellen M. Lord issued a memo to defense acquisition leaders her intent to audit the DoD supply chain for DFARS compliance. The memo states that she has called upon the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) to audit all prime contractors for compliance and assess their processes for compliance with the primes’ tier one suppliers.”
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