Georgia Spending on Restricted Technology

Overview:

Between 2020 and 2022, the state of Georgia spent $47,259,946 on restricted Chinese technology from Lexmark, Inc. and Lenovo, Inc.

Georgia is making progress:

In May 2022, the Georgia legislature passed and Governor Kemp signed into law SB 346 to prohibit companies owned or operated by China from bidding on state contracts. Implementation of this new law will help eradicate Georgia taxpayer dollars being used to purchase dangerous Chinese technology for use in government departments and agencies like those detailed below.

The Problem

Technology products by Chinese government-owned technology manufacturers Lenovo and Lexmark have been banned by U.S. military and intelligence agencies due to their connection to the Chinese government and military, but are still being purchased by state government bodies. While federal policy directs information security at the federal level, states must determine their own security standards making states vulnerable to intrusion through the purchase of these risky Chinese technology products and services.

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