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The Trump Administration is considering an executive order that would suspend the SEC conflict minerals rule for two years. Under the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, the president has the authority to temporarily suspend or revise the rule for two years if it is in the national security interest of the United States.
An unsourced draft White House memo that cites national security interests, temporarily suspends the federal conflict minerals law for a period of two years. The draft also directs the Secretaries of State and Treasury to:
“Propose to the President a plan for addressing human rights violations and funding of armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or an adjoining country. The plan could include targeting persons and entities engaged in violations of law and negative human rights impacts, consistent with section 13 of the Exchange Act. The Secretaries shall submit their plan to the President within 180 days of the date of this Order.”
As previously reported on January 31, 2017, Acting Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Michael S. Piwowar directed the SEC staff to consider whether their 2014 guidance is still appropriate and whether any additional relief is appropriate.
Dan Feinberg, Technology Editor, I-Connect007
The largest and most diverse event regarding the depth and breadth of technological progress and advancement is CES, which lets us get updates and allows us to focus on anything from drones to 3D additive PCB fabrication, from autonomous transportation and the degree of electronics in the newer and upcoming vehicles to the quantum computers and AI of the near future, from the forecasts found in science fiction of the ‘60s and ‘70s to the reality of 21st century technology.
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
For our first issue of the Flex007 Magazine, we invited a group of flexible circuit experts to discuss their work in this rapidly growing segment. Participants included Jonathan Weldon of DuPont, Mark Finstad of Flexible Circuit Technologies, and Scott McCurdy and Scott Miller of Freedom CAD. In a free-wheeling discussion with Andy Shaughnessy and Barry Matties, these technologists share their thoughts on the challenges and opportunities in flexible circuits, as well as what constitutes the cutting edge of flex right now.
Patty Goldman, I-Connect007
I recently had the opportunity to speak with John-Michael Gray, president of Triangle Labs. We had quite a discussion on their rather unique capability of building large-format PCBs and multilayers—perhaps the largest PCBs in the world.