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Kansas’ 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?

Rick Beattie, Director of Procurement and Contracts, who is “responsible for promoting the use and development of processes which serve the best interests of the State of Kansas and its citizens, along with finding and implementing increased economies and efficiencies in the procurement process.” (Read more)

DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Chief Information Officer, who has said in the that past that “We must ensure that the state has the IT systems in place to conduct its daily business and maintain the safety and security of our data in today’s ever-changing and interconnected world.” (Read more)

What actions have Congressional Leaders taken?

Senator Roger MarshallSenator Marshall, a former Congressman, has been outspoken against standing up to Chinese aggression and the Chinese Communist Party. In a recent op-ed he wrote that we need leadership “who will stand up to China, and not be complicit in their global propaganda machine.” (Read more on his efforts more

Representative Ron EstesRep. Estes has been a leader in the fight against China’s unfair trade practices. He was recently outspoken on the issue saying, “China has clearly engaged in predatory policies that have harmed American workers — including the theft of American intellectual property, which costs us jobs.” (Read more on his efforts here)

Analysis

Despite military and intelligence agency bans, the Kansas State Government has spent over $1 million on Lenovo products in the last five years. (See the State’s Freedom of Information Act request response here and our summary here.)


Select Vulnerabilities:

The use of restricted Chinese government-owned technology vendors by these agencies endangers Kansas’ personal and financial information.

Emporia State University’s mission is “preparing students for lifelong learning, rewarding careers, and adaptive leadership.” It has spent more than $730,000 on Lenovo equipment. Maintaining data about the state’s high education students and educators, including test scores, certifications, financial and criminal records, is all work that involves sensitive personal information.

The State Bank of Kansas Commissioner “regulates all state-chartered banks, trust companies, mortgage businesses, supervised lenders, credit service organizations, and money transmitters that do business in the State of Kansas.” In this role, the department has access to a wide range of personal data including social security and financial records. It has spent over $224,000 on Lenovo equipment.