On Friday, May 1, 2020, President Donald Trump issued an executive order (EO) prohibiting any transaction that (i) involves bulk-power system (BPS) equipment designed, developed, manufactured or supplied by persons owned by, controlled by or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary and (ii) poses an unacceptable risk to national security. The EO directs the U.S. Secretary of Energy (the Secretary) to issue implementing regulations by September 28, 2020. The EO also requires the Secretary to review the risk of existing BPS equipment sourced from foreign adversaries and to establish a task force to review and recommend federal procurement policies and procedures consistent with the considerations identified in the EO.
This update provides key questions and answers related to the EO and the implementing measures. The text of the EO is available here.
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