The multi-agency Federal Acquisition Security Council is “on the cusp” of holding its first meeting, and will work closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Risk Management Center, Federal News Network reports.
NRMC Director Bob Kolasky, speaking Wednesday at an ACT-IAC panel in Washington, said the security council consists of senior agency leadership at the director or undersecretary level from more than half a dozen agencies.
The council looks to develop policy guidance for agencies to use when purchasing IT products from commercial vendors, to avoid supply chain cyber vulnerabilities.
“It requires each agency to elevate the importance they take in managing their own supply chain while working together,” Kolasky said.
The council will put together a strategic plan, which will be comprised of a list of government initiatives to reduce federal supply chain risk, as well as a “combined information-sharing environment” that acquisition officials can reference during the procurement process.
“It will be hopefully something that’s available across the government in a way that enables consistent decision-making,” Kolasky said.
The Office of Management and Budget will chair the security council, and will include representatives from six other federal agencies, including the General Services Administration, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Justice Department.