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DHS Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its semiannual regulatory agenda to provide the public with information about DHS regulatory activities and invite comments on any aspect of the agenda.
The agenda listed the following items as being in the Final Rule Stage:
  • Ammonium Nitrate Security Program – With a projected date of February 2019, DHS will solicit comments on a redacted version of a report developed by Sandia National Laboratories and its application to the proposed Ammonium Nitrate Security Program rulemaking.
  • Seafarers' Access to Maritime Facilities – With a projected date of October 2018 (past), this regulatory action will require facilities regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) to provide a system that enables seafarers and certain other individuals to transit between vessels moored at the facility and the facility gate in a timely manner at no cost to the seafarer or other individual.
  • Security Training for Surface Transportation Employees – With a projected date of November 2018, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will finalize a rule requiring higher-risk public transportation agencies (including rail mass transit and bus systems), railroad carriers (freight and passenger), and Over-The-Road Bus (OTRB) owner/operators to conduct security training for frontline employees. As part of this rulemaking, TSA is expanding its current requirements for Rail Security Coordinators and reporting of significant security concerns to include bus components and OTRB companies. TSA is also adding a definition for Transportation Security-Sensitive Materials (TSSM).
The agenda listed the following item as a Long-Term Action:
  • Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) – In 2014, DHS invited public comments on an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for potential revisions to CFATS regulations. DHS is reviewing the 2014 ANPRM public comments, after which DHS intends to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking at a date to be determined.