Chemical Security Action
The U.S. House Homeland Subcommittee on Cyber Security, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies will conduct an oversight hearing on CFATS this Friday, Feb. 11. The hearing, "Preventing Chemical Terrorism: Building a Foundation of Security at Our Nation's Chemical Facilities" is scheduled for 10 a.m. EST.
As we head into a new year and new Congress for CFATS, I think we can expect to see some changes and progress. As we have discussed, the Republican leadership in the House has a different approach to the mandates and the new leader of the House Homeland Security Committee,...
When it comes to chemical security the Department of Homeland Security isn't just about CFATS and mandates. The department also has a Chemical Sector-Specific Agency (SSA), within the Office of Infrastructure Protection's SSA Executive Management Office.
It looks like water treatment plants and facilities will have an easier time this year with the new Republican held Congress. Last year, the chemical security or CFATS legislation that was put before Congress looked like it was going to put water districts and treatment plants under the CFATS mandates.
Some of you might have seen the recent news about Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's campaign to work with America's allies on securing the global supply chain. In an exclusive interview with FOX News she called for closer monitoring of shipments of everyday legal substances that can be used to...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.