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News from 2017

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.
The U.S. Coast Guard has published the Area Maritime Security Committees 2016 Annual Report which consolidated information collected from the 2016 annual reports of local Area Maritime Security Committees across the country.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a CFATS Nitromethane Fact Sheet.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a CFATS Fact Sheet for Agricultural Production Facilities explaining the Agricultural Facilities Time Extension Notification Letter that DHS published on January 9, 2008.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has forwarded an Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding the extension of TSA’s pipeline security program under which TSA reviews pipeline security plans and inspects critical pipeline systems in accordance with the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it has hired Chiefs of Regulatory Compliance (CRCs) for its Regional Offices. The CRC is a new position within DHS, and CRCs will serve as the lead representatives for administering the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulation in their respective Regions. CRCs will also serve as advisors to the Office of Infrastructure Protection Regional Directors.
Since launching Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0, DHS has received more than 25,000 CSAT 2.0 Top-Screens. The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) now cover more than 3,470 facilities, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had completed more than 2,000 Compliance Inspections at currently covered facilities.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has updated the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0 Portal User Manual and the CSAT 2.0 Personnel Surety Program Instructions.
The Coast Guard has extended the comment period for the draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 05-17 entitled Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) Regulated Facilities.
For the past year, the U.S. Coast Guard has been developing the next generation of Homeport to provide a better user experience and improve the security of user information.
In August 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, which stated that it intends to publish the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) Seafarers’ Access Final Rule in October 2017.
In August 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, which stated that it intends to publish a Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) NPRM in October 2017.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has updated the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Fact Sheet for Colleges and Universities. The document reiterates that colleges and universities are subject to CFATS regulations and Top-Screen reporting requirements. It also describes the locations at colleges and universities where Chemicals of Interest (COIs) are often located.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided an additional 30 days for public comment on various updates to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. Comments on the two Information Collection Request (ICRs) will be accepted until August 28, 2017.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a “Receiving a COI Flyer” reiterating that facilities coming into possession of screening threshold quantities of Chemicals of Interest (COIs) must report their holdings to DHS within 60 days by filing a Top-Screen.