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 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 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).
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.
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.
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 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.