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TSA and PHMSA Memorandum of Understanding


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to delineate lines of authority and responsibility regarding an enhanced security strategy for the transportation of hazardous materials by pipeline.
Among other things, the MOU outlines roles on roles and responsibilities regarding:
  • Information sharing between TSA and PHMSA;
  • Collaboration with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to identify pipeline critical infrastructure and carry out CISA’s cybersecurity and critical infrastructure activities;
  • Supporting risk assessment efforts through the sharing of institutional knowledge, geospatial data, and other pertinent information;
  • Reviewing the adequacy of existing standards in the private and public sector and identifying any gaps that should be addressed through rulemaking, guidelines, or directives;
  • Requests for support and assistance between TSA and PHMSA;
  • Reviewing existing protocols for public communication;
  • Disseminating requirements, voluntary standards, best practices, and guidelines to the public;
  • Reviewing recently completed and ongoing security and safety related projects and identifying opportunities to collaborate and support strategic objectives through identification, development, and testing of new or modified technologies or processes; and
  • Development of legislative proposals, comments on legislative proposals, draft testimony, and Congressional briefings.