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.
In March, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (IG), published a partially redacted report, titled Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's [FBI’s] Management of Maritime Terrorism Threats.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a report on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) titled, “Progress and Challenges in DHS’s Management of Its Chemical Facility Security Program.”