On April 1, the U.S. Air Force suspended Futurewei Technologies, Inc. from government contracting and from directly or indirectly receiving the benefits of federal assistance programs.
The suspension is based upon an indictment of Futurewei filed by the Department of Justice in New York for violating federal criminal laws. According to the Futurewei website, Futurewei “… is a U.S. corporation and an affiliate of Huawei Technologies Company Ltd. engage(d) in research and development of information and communication technologies (ICT).” The Air Force suspended Huawei Technologies Company Ltd. from government contracting in February 2019 based on related criminal proceedings.
“The indictment is evidence Futurewei lacks business integrity or business honesty that directly affects its present responsibility to be a government contractor,” said Derek Santos, Air Force Deputy General Counsel who serves as the department’s Suspension and Debarment Official. “The suspension furthers the policy of awarding federal contracts only to responsible contractors and is necessary to protect the government’s interest.”
Santos noted the suspension will remain in effect pending completion of legal proceedings.
The suspension is governed by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 9.4.