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New York’s Contracts with Chinese Government-Owned Technology Vendors
Sensitive Personal and Financial Information is at Risk
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New York Spent $28 Million On Restricted Chinese Tech. It’s Time To End These Risky Contracts.
By Roslyn Layoton – April 2021
Chinese government-owned technology manufacturers, including Lexmark and Lenovo, have been banned by U.S. military and intelligence agencies because of security vulnerabilities. (Read the report)
Who can take action?
Sean Carroll, Chief Procurement Officer who facilitates the purchasing and contracting activities of all state agencies. (Read more)
As New York State Chief Information Officer, Angelo “Tony” Riddick’s goal is to “seamlessly integrate the people, processes, products and policy to serve our citizens in a better, smarter and more cost effective way.” (Read more)
What actions have Congressional Leaders taken?
Senator Chuck Schumer – Rep Schumer has called for the American acquisition of social media app TikTok in order to keep US user data safe and out of the hands of the Chinese government. (Read more on his efforts)
See our letter calling on Sen. Schumer’s leadership to help halt Government purchases from Chinese State-Owned IT forms here.
Representative John Katko – Rep Katko is the top Republican on the House Homeland Security cybersecurity subcommittee and has been a leading voice fighting against foreign cyber attacks. (Read more on his efforts)
Representative Carolyn Maloney – Rep Maloney is Chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. She said “China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea [are] waging a silent war capable of shutting down critical infrastructure. (Read more on her efforts)
Representative Elise Stefanik – Rep Stefanik has cosponsored a bill that would ensure that companies listing on US exchanges are transparent about any connection to the Chinese Communist Party. (Read more on her efforts)
Despite military and intelligence agency bans, the New York State Government has spent $14,882,890.20 on Lenovo computers, systems, and IT services, and $13,198,852.54 on Lexmark printers and related services in recent years. (See the State’s purchasing summary for Lenovo and Lexmark and our summary here.)
Unlike most other states, which provide additional information about which agencies make use of which product, New York relies exclusively on its Office of General Services to select and distribute all products. However, we do have visibility into how the state spends on Lenovo and Lexmark.
Lenovo: Our analysis demonstrates that New York has spent $6.3 million on microcomputers, $5 million on microcomputer systems and services, $2.9 million on umbrella IT services, and $1 million on servers.
Lexmark: According to our review, New York has spent $7 million on printers, $1.3 million on printing and imaging, $1 million on print management services, and an additional $3.8 million that is indeterminate.