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CFATS Legislation H.R. 908 Moves on to Full Committee

Although the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) - the component of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for the development and enforcement of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) - continues to review Site Security Plans, Congress still has not delivered permanent CFATS authorization.

What Does Bin Laden's Death Mean for Chemical Security?

By now the whole world has heard about the death of the world's most well-known terrorist - Osama Bin Laden. His demise ends an era for many Americans who suffered great losses during the 9/11 attacks, for those who put themselves at risk working at ground zero searching and cleaning...

DHS Outlines Current Administration Wish List for CFATS

During the recent hearings for CFATS legislation H.R. 908 Rand Beers, Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) for the Department of Homeland Security gave testimony. One of the more interesting parts of his testimony included a rundown of the Obama administration's take on CFATS legislation.

House Subcommittee Moves CFATS Legislation on to Full Committee

On Thursday, April 14 the Subcommittee on Cyber Security, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies of the House Homeland Security Committee voted 6-4 to move CFATS legislation H.R. 901 on to the full committee. I have discussed this piece of legislation in a past blog.

DHS Moves to Update MTSA

On December 20, 2010, DHS published its semi-annual regulatory agenda, which among other things, addressed an upcoming Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that will include updates to Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) Code of Federal Regulations (33 CFR Parts 101-106).

Lautenberg Introduces More CFATS Legislation

Our March 17 Webinar included a pretty full discussion about the upcoming CFATS legislation in the Senate and the House.  There are several bills that have been introduced and are waiting for action.  At that time we also discussed the possibility of more legislation being introduced.  That happened on Thursday,...

Testimony Begins for CFATS Legislation H.R. 908

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy took testimony on CFATS legislation H.R. 908 on Thursday, March 31.  As we have discussed this legislation was recently introduced by subcommittee vice chair Tim Murphy (R-PA) and ranking member Gene Green (D-TX).  It would extend the current...

Keeping CFATS Costs Under Control

One of the things I get asked most often is how much it will cost for a facility to meet the CFATS mandates and how those costs can be kept down. It's an important question for facilities trying to get CFATS authorization and become more secure while at the same...

What to Expect for the CFATS Inspection Process

Just a few notes from the NPRA Security Conference in Houston last week. I listened to a presentation by Richard Cary, a Chemical Security Inspector for the Inspections & Enforcement Branch within the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) in the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the U.S.

CFATS Legislation Gets Active

Long term, standalone CFATS authorization has eluded Congressional lawmaker. Rather, Congress continues to authorize CFATS through a somewhat ad hoc process, mostly with appropriations measures. With the change in House leadership (Peter King again has the gavel as the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee), some believe a more...