Notice of Request for Public Comments on Risks in the Semiconductor Supply Chain

Background:

The Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry led the 100 Day Supply Chain Review of Semiconductors and Advanced Packaging that was mandated by Presidential Executive Order 14017. On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order 14017 (E.O. 14017) on “America’s Supply Chains,” which directs several federal agency actions to secure and strengthen America’s supply chains. This review, included in the White House Report “Building Resilient Supply Chains, Revitalizing Domestic Manufacturing, and Fostering Broad-Based Growth”, identified numerous areas of supply chain vulnerabilities. In addition to the longer-term goals such as strengthening the domestic semiconductor manufacturing ecosystem and promoting U.S. leadership, this report called upon the Department to partner with industry to facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users to address the current semiconductor product shortages. The ongoing shortages in the semiconductor product supply chain is having an adverse impact on a wide range of industry sectors.

With the goal of accelerating information flow across the various segments of the supply chain and identifying data gaps and bottlenecks in the supply chain, the Department is seeking responses from interested parties (including domestic and foreign semiconductor design firms, semiconductor manufacturers, materials and equipment suppliers, as well as semiconductor intermediate and end-users) to the questions set forth in the notice.

Regulations.gov:

You may submit comments, identified by docket number BIS-2021-0036 or RIN 0694-XC084, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Additional information on how to use regulations.gov can be found here.

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BIS requires commenters submitting comments via https://www.regulations.gov to first download a fillable form and then submit the filled out electronic form in https://www.regulations.gov when submitting comments in response to docket number BIS-2021-0036 or RIN 0694-XC084.

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