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Personnel Surety Program Implementation

The Department of Hoemland Security (DHS) continues to implement the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Personnel Surety Program (PSP) requirement (i.e., implementation of measures designed to identify people with terrorist ties as part of a CFATS-required background check) at Tier 3 and Tier 4 facilities in a phased approach. The first notifications occurred in late July 2019, and DHS has continued to notify approximately 50 facilities per month since that time (with DHS indicating that it may increase the number of monthly notifications in the future).
Upon notification, a facility has 30 days to update and resubmit its security plan to DHS. The update must describe what options (or combination of options) the facility will use to comply with the PSP requirement. After DHS reviews and approves the updated security plan, a process which typically takes 2-3 months, the facility will have at least 60 days to comply with the PSP measures described in the updated security plan.