Please read the following email from Becky Hartley about recent US government actions with respect to Huawei. If you anticipate conducting any research with Huawei or its affiliates, please contact Becky and me first to ensure we are following US government requirements.


Dr. Art Pyster
Associate Dean for Research and Professor
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University

Director for Strategic Integration
Fellow and Founders Award Recipient
International Council on Systems Engineering


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From: Rebecca S Hartley <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Recent US government action against Huawei
Date: May 21, 2019 at 4:24:05 PM EDT
To: Arthur B Pyster <[log in to unmask]>
Cc: Michael Laskofski <[log in to unmask]>, Aurali Dade <[log in to unmask]>

Dear Art.  Would you please consider sharing the below with your faculty colleagues?

Kind regards,

Dear Colleagues: 

As you may be aware, effective May 16, 2019, the U.S. government added Huawei Technologies Co., LTD (Huawei) to one of its restricted party lists.  “The U.S. government has determined there is reasonable cause to believe that Huawei has been involved in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.”  68 of Huawei’s non-U.S. affiliates were also added to this list because they “…pose a significant risk of involvement in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States due to their relationship with Huawei.”  The non-U.S. affiliates of Huawei are located in twenty-six destinations: Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Germany, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Madagascar, Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam. 
This U.S. government action will make interactions with Huawei and its foreign affiliates extremely challenging, even though some of the restrictions will be phased in over a 90 day period and may be modified, or rescinded in the future.  It also joins several other U.S. government actions in the past year where the U.S. government has expressed growing concern about influence by foreign entities over federally funded research, for example, through talent recruitment programs.  
Although most international collaborations are acceptable and encouraged, the current regulatory environment makes researchers’ transparency in disclosing foreign relationships and activities and discussing the implications of such relationships (before entering into them) more important than ever.  
Mason’s office of Research Development, Integrity and Assurance (RDIA) is available to support researchers who have questions about these US government actions, as is Mason’s Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) for questions concerning individual sponsored projects. 
Over the course of the summer, RDIA will be updating its website with guidance on current U.S. government actions related to international collaborations that involve government-sponsored research.  In the meantime, please feel free to contact us ( or ([log in to unmask]) with questions or comments about potential interactions with Huawei, or other potential international research collaborations and disclosure questions.


Kind regards,

Rebecca S. Hartley, J.D.
Director of Export Compliance & Secure Research
George Mason University