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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is requesting submissions to a Biometric Technology Rally, which is scheduled for Spring 2019.
The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee will meet in Houston, Texas on November 6th and 7th to discuss various issues relating to national maritime security.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its October 2018 Quarterly Update, with a focus on Material Modifications and new Top-Screens.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report titled Chemical Terrorism – A Strategy and Implementation Plan Would Help DHS Better Manage Fragmented Chemical Defense Programs and Activities.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has proposed delaying the effective date for two categories of facilities affected by the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Rule.
The Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing on June 14, 2018, entitled “The Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards Program (CFATS) – A Progress Report.”
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has received a proposed rule from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) entitled “TWIC Reader Requirements; Delay of Effective Date.”
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is seeking public comment on an extension of the Security Threat Assessment for Individuals Applying for a Hazardous Materials Endorsement for a Commercial Driver's License Information Collection Request (ICR).
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed two new fact sheets regarding Detect and Delay and Reporting Significant Incidents.
The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee will meet March 20 – 21, 2018 to review and discuss various issues relating to national maritime security.
Despite informally announcing that it intended to delay implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Final Rule until 2021 earlier this year, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is now indicating that implementation of the Rule will move forward with the original deadline of August 23, 2018.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed industry-specific fact sheets to help breweries, wineries, pools and waterparks, and fisheries and hatcheries comply with the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda to provide the public with information about DHS regulatory activity and invite comments on any aspect of the Agenda.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized the Electronic Hazardous Waste Manifest System Rule which, among other things, establishes the national electronic manifest system (e-Manifest system) and requires certain users to pay a prescribed fee for each manifest they use and submit to the e-Manifest system.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) has issued a notice seeking comments until February 26, 2018 regarding the expansion of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Personnel Surety Program (PSP) to Tier 3 and Tier 4 high-risk chemical facilities.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a new resource to help facilities determine whether they should edit their existing Site Security Plan (SSP) or Alternative Security Program (ASP) after receiving a new Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0 Tier Letter. The “Decision Tool” resource is in the form of a flowchart with yes/no questions that guide facilities to scenarios where DHS recommends editing an SSP or ASP.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) informally announced that it intended to delay implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Final Rule until 2021 and re-issue a request for comment or other notice in the Federal Register. As of the date of this post, the USCG has not yet issued a request for comment or notice
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) manages the PSGP through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support maritime security activities. In 2017, DHS made $100 million available to state, local, and private sector owners and operators.
The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference on December 14, 2017, to review and discuss Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 05-17 – Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at Maritime Transportation Security Act Regulated Facilities. The teleconference will be open to the public.
The comment period for the draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 05-17, Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) Regulated Facilities closed on October 11, 2017.
The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security announced the issuance of an updated NTAS Bulletin pertaining to the terrorism threat to the United States.
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