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The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has published a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) titled: COVID 19 – Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Operations.
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 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) published Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-20 (Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) Regulated Facilities).
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) published two posts on its Maritime Commons blog regarding the Transportation Worker Identification (TWIC) Reader Rule Delay Notice.
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) published the TWIC – Reader Requirements; Delay of Effective Date (TWIC Reader Delay Notice) in the Federal Register on March 9, 2020.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to delineate lines of authority and responsibility regarding an enhanced security strategy for the transportation of hazardous materials by pipeline.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking comments on the risk-mitigation value of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) at maritime facilities.
The Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) will meet via teleconference on February 24, 2020 to, among other things, finalize a draft report of the Emerging Technology Subcommittee focused on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
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.
Various USCG Sectors have been reminding MTSA-regulated facilities that all MTSA security plans must be amended to include the new Seafarers’ Access provisions no later than February 3, 2020.
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).
In fiscal year 2019, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) surface inspectors conducted 2,176 site visits and inspected 64,756 TWICs using 39 field-issued TWIC readers.
Industry continues to await the release of the TWIC program assessment.
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.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has requested to extend its Pipeline Corporate Security Review (PCSR) program and is seeking public comment on the PCSR program until September 3, 2019.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued its annual summary of enforcement actions for calendar year 2018.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a notice of availability in connection the Ammonium Nitrate Security Program.
The Office of Management and Budget has approved the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA’s) Information Collection Request which authorizes CISA to implement the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Personnel Surety Program (PSP) for all covered chemical facilities, to include Tier 3 and Tier 4 facilities.
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