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Nevada’s Contracts with Chinese Government-Owned Technology Vendors

Sensitive Personal and Financial Information is at Risk

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The Problem

Chinese government-owned technology manufacturers, including PC-giant Lenovo, have been banned by U.S. military and intelligence agencies due to fears of information security. (Read the report)


Who can take action?

Kevin Doty, Purchasing Division Administrator whose mission is “to timely obtain supplies, equipment and services; to secure best value, and to give all vendors an equal opportunity to do business with the State.” (Read more.)

Alan Cunningham, State Chief Information Officer whose mission is to “set and execute the strategic direction of state information technology.” (Read more)

What actions have Congressional Leaders taken?

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto – Senator Cotez Mastro has introduced bipartisan legislation that aims to combat the Chinese government’s foreign interference in the United States and elsewhere globally. (Read more on her efforts here.) 

Senator Jacky Rosen – Senator Rosen introduced the Secure American Research Act to Protect Federally-Funded Research from Foreign Espionage, specifically noting interference from China (Read more about her efforts here.)

Rep. Mark Amodei – Rep. Mark Amodei has voted in favor of a series of bills aimed at strengthening America’s defenses against cyber-attacks from the Chinese, including the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. (Read more on his efforts here.) 

Analysis

Despite military and intelligence agency bans, the Nevada state government has spent more than $862 million on Chinese-owned Lenovo equipment in the last three years. (See the Freedom of Information Request response here and summary here.)


Select Vulnerabilities:

The use of banned Chinese government-owned technology vendors by these agencies endangers Nevada’s personal and financial information.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), provides support and services to assist Nevada’s children and families in reaching their full human potential. They have spent $823,329.46 on Lenovo equipment. 

The Department of Business and Industry is a cabinet level agency in Nevada State government whose objective is to encourage and promote the development and growth of business and to ensure the legal operation of business in order to protect consumers by maintaining a fair and competitive regulatory environment. They have spent $39,519.80 on Lenovo equipment.