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News from 2018

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.
On October 1st, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) released an updated Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0 Portal User Manual.
The DHS Office of Inspector General recently published an audit that reviewed the U.S. Coast Guard’s oversight of the TWIC program.
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.
On September 17, 2018, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia issued an order dismissing the lawsuit regarding the TWIC Reader Final Rule.
On September 4, 2018, Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) introduced the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2018.
On August 2, 2018, President Trump signed the Transportation Worker Identification Credential Accountability Act of 2018 into law.
Recently, several important Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Rule developments have occurred.
The comment period for Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Personnel Surety Program (PSP) Information Collection Request (ICR) to expand the CFATS PSP to Tier 3 and 4 high-risk chemical facilities closed on July 18, 2018.
In July 2018, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will discontinue issuance of the original “2007 Design” Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) and will begin issuing “2018 Design” TWICs.
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 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 U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Port and Facility Compliance will provide Marine Transportation System Cyber Awareness Training via webinar on May 8, 10, 14, and 16.
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 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has requested public comments on the currently approved Rail Transportation Security Rule in order to extend the program.
Representative Fred Upton (R – MI) introduced House Resolution (H.R.) 5175, the “Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act,” which would require the Secretary of Energy to implement a program for physical security and cybersecurity for pipelines and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed two new fact sheets regarding Detect and Delay and Reporting Significant Incidents.