Chemical Security Action

ACC ChemSecure Conference Provides Valuable Insights on Chemical Security

I recently presented at the ACC ChemSecure Conference in New Orleans. It was held May 9 - 11 and is put together for security professionals in the chemical industry.

CFATS Legislation to Move to Full House

The House Energy and Commerce Committee marked up and voted on H.R. 908, the Full Implementation of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Act on Thursday, May 26, 2011. The legislation was passed (33-16) with bi-partisan support. The Democrats were led by Rep.

Big Question: Will We Have CFATS Legislation before Summer?

There seems to be a lot of potential action on CFATS legislation. We have talked about several bills out there that would reauthorize the mandates. In fact, this week the House Energy and Commerce Committee was supposed to mark up H.R.

USCG Working to Harmonize Maritime Transportation Security Internationally

The National Maritime Security Advisory Committee (NMSAC) was formed under the authority of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002.

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,...