Background

The Bureau of Industry and Security is accepting comments through April 5 on risks in the semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging supply chains.

The Department of Commerce has been tasked with submitting to the White House by early June a report that identifies such risks and proposes policy recommendations to address them. The DOC has also been directed to assess the capabilities of the U.S. microelectronics industrial base to support the national defense in light of the global nature and interdependence of the supply chain with respect to manufacture, design, and end-use.

As a result, BIS is soliciting comments on the following.

- critical and essential goods and materials underlying the semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging supply chain

- manufacturing and other capabilities necessary to produce semiconductors, including electronic design automation software and advanced integrated circuit packaging techniques and capabilities

- the availability of the key skill sets and personnel necessary to sustain a competitive U.S. semiconductor ecosystem

- risks or contingencies that may disrupt the semiconductor supply chain, including defense, intelligence, cyber, homeland security, health, climate, environmental, natural, market, economic, geopolitical, human-rights or forced labor risks

- the resilience and capacity of the semiconductor supply chain to support national and economic security and emergency preparedness

- potential impact of failure to sustain or develop elements of the semiconductor supply chain in the U.S. on other key downstream capabilities (e.g., food resources, energy grids, public utilities, information communications technology, aerospace applications, artificial intelligence applications, 5G infrastructure, quantum computing, supercomputer development, and election security)

- policy recommendations or suggested executive, legislative, regulatory changes, or actions to ensure a resilient supply chain for semiconductors (e.g., reshoring, nearshoring, or developing domestic suppliers, cooperation with allies to identify or develop alternative supply chains, building redundancy into supply chains, ways to address risks due to vulnerabilities in digital products or climate change)

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