Joseph Petrillo: Why SSA abandoned printer procurement over supply chain risks

Parent awardee Iron Bow Technologies offered printers made by Lexmark, which is wholly owned by Chinese entities with close ties to that country's government.

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It seemed like a cut-and-dried offer. Social Security needed a lot of new printers. A well-known reseller offered a tried-and-true brand but contracting officials, citing supply chain risks, went elsewhere. The reseller protested, but world diplomatic concerns prevailed. With more on the case, procurement attorney Joseph Petrillo of Petrillo and Powell joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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