On April 20, 2021, the Biden Administration took steps to address cybersecurity risks in the US energy sector industrial base by announcing a 100-day cybersecurity initiative for electricity subsector industrial control systems (“100-Day Plan”) and by issuing, on April 22, 2021, a Request for Information to inform future recommendations for US energy systems’ supply chain security (“RFI”).  Public comments in response to the RFI are due by June 7, 2021. 

These actions support the Biden Administration’s February 24, 2021 Executive Order on “America’s Supply Chains” (“Executive Order 14017” or “Supply Chain EO”), which, among other things, directed the heads of appropriate federal agencies, to, (i) within 100 days, identify and make recommendations to address risks in the supply chain for certain technologies and critical goods, and, (ii) within one year, review and make recommendations to improve supply chains for a wide range of industrial sectors.  These actions also mark the Biden Administration’s first efforts to formulate a new approach to specifically address the US energy sector’s supply chain security following President Biden’s suspension of Executive Order 13920 (“Bulk-Power System EO” or “BPS EO”). 

To see details on the 100-Day Plan and the RFI, please read the rest of this article by Alex Lamy, Ryan Michael Poitras and Michael A. Stoker on our Global Supply Chain Compliance Blog here.