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News Related to CFATS

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a new webpage and fact sheet to provide guidance to Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)-regulated facilities regarding how and when to report cybersecurity incidents.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda on July 30, 2021, which included proposed actions related to the Ammonium Nitrate Security Program and the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS).
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its unified agenda in Federal Register on March 31, 2021, stating that one of its rulemaking priorities was “improving Appendix A” to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulations and addressing “concerns with release-flammable security issues.”
On March 23, 2021, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published a 60-day notice in the Federal Register soliciting public comment on revisions to an Information Collection Request (ICR) relating to various efforts under the CFATS program.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has sent proposed revisions to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a report titled, Chemical Security – Overlapping Programs Could Better Collaborate to Share Information and Identify Potential Security Gaps.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that considers removing certain Division 1.1 explosives from the list of regulated Chemicals of Interest in Appendix A of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulation.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report titled “DHS Could Use Available Data to Better Plan Outreach to Facilities Excluded from Anti-Terrorism Standards."
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published its Semiannual Regulatory Agenda of projected regulations, existing regulations, and completed actions.
After passing both the Senate and House of Representatives, the President has signed legislation reauthorizing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for three years.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has submitted a request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend the public comment period for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has made available a retrospective analysis of the data, assumptions, and methodology used to support the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made its 2020 annual inflation adjustment to civil monetary penalties.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report titled Actions Needed to Enhance DHS Oversight of Cybersecurity at High-Risk Chemical Facilities.
As part of the bi-partisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed on March 27, 2020, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism (CFATS) program was extended for an additional three months and one week.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published its Chemical Security Quarterly for the first quarter of 2020.
Citing 6 CFR § 27.210, which directs Tier 1 and Tier 2 facilities to submit an updated Top-Screen every two years and Tier 3 and Tier 4 facilities to submit an updated Top-Screen every three years, DHS has started issuing Top-Screen Resubmission Letters, via the Chemical Security Assessment Tool.
To date, DHS has received more than 94,000 Top-Screen submissions from more than 42,000 unique facilities. There are 3,316 CFATS-regulated facilities in the program.
DHS continues to implement the CFATS 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.
As reiterated most recently in its 2019 CFATS Outreach and Implementation Plan, DHS is actively pursuing CFATS “outliers” by cross-walking CFATS Top-Screen data with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Risk Management Program (RMP) data (among other sources).
With the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program set to officially sunset in April 2020, a hearing was held on September 11, 2019, before the House Energy and Commerce Committee regarding the status of the program.
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