CFATS Has Made Real Progress This Year

As I look back on the year I think we have made some real progress on chemical security and the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) in particular. While we haven't made the type of inroads that we would have wanted on the legislative side of things, I believe we have...

CFATS to End Year without New Legislation

It looks like all of the chemical security and CFATS legislation that came before congress this year is dead in the water. While some of the legislation received bi-partisan support in committee none had enough support to make it to the Senate floor for a vote.

DHS Plans for 2011 Chemical Sector Security Summit

Plans are under way for the DHS 2011 Chemical Sector Security Summit. The event will be held in Baltimore on July 6th & 7th, and is sponsored by the Office of Infrastructure Protection (IP) and the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council.

December is Critical Infrastructure Protection Month

The President has declared the month of December as "Critical Infrastructure Protection Month." As with most of these things it is mainly ceremonial but it does serve to emphasize the importance of protecting our country's assets against terrorism and acts of violence.

New Editing Tool Makes it Easier to Resubmit SSP

In October the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new editing feature on the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT). It allows companies to go online to get the most recently submitted version of their SSP and make edits that then can be resubmitted to the department.

How Did the Election Affect CFATS?

Right before the elections, CFATS legislations was at a stand still. Just about a year ago the house passed HR. 2868 introduced by Bennie Thompson, D. Miss. That bill would have made CFATS mandates permanent, but it also includes an Inherently Safer Technology (IST) provision that would require some chemical...

Chemical Threats Become More Commonplace

I recently saw that on President Obama's trip to India security was, as you would expect, pretty tight. Secret Service was not allowed to bring weapons into Rashtrapati Bhavan (the presidential palace of India) and the Parliament House complex in India.

Making it Through the CFATS SSP Inspection

As I mentioned, there were two CFATS sessions at the big industrial security conference in Dallas. The second session was called "CFATS - Beyond the SSP" and took a look at SSP and post SSP issues for chemical facilities.

DHS Looking for Open Dialogue

In my last post I talked about the presentation Sue Armstrong director of the Department of Homeland Security's Infrastructure Security Compliance Division gave at the big security show (ASIS) in Dallas earlier this month. Armstrong talked about the progress DHS has made with CFATS and discussed key topics like harmonization,...

Another CFATS Update from DHS

I was recently at the largest security tradeshow in the county. It's the American Society of Industrial Security, also known as ASIS. The show is held every year in September or October -- this year in Dallas.