This morning the folks at DHS Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) updated their Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) web sites. Two existing web pages were modified and a new web page was added. All of the changes posted at this point deal with the CFATS Tip Line.
The main landing page for the CFATS program and the page that provides a quick over-view of the CFATS program were the two pages that were modified. ISCD added an email address to the ‘CFATS Tip Line’ side bar on the landing page and a brief explanation was added to both pages about the tip line program:
“DHS has also established an e-mail address where potential CFATS violations may be reported (CFATSTips@hq.dhs.gov), in addition to the existing CFATS Chemical Facility Security Tip Line (1-877-394-4347; 1-877-FYI 4 DHS). Any individual may report a potential CFATS violation to the Department, and chemical facilities of interest are prohibited by law from retaliating against an employee or contractor for reporting the potential violation.”
The new page, “Reporting a Potential Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Violation”, provides more details about the program. Nothing really new or exceptional in the processes outlined here. While anonymous reporting is specifically supported, ISCD has done a nice job trying to convince people that it may not be the most effective option.
These changes, in particular the new reporting page, fulfills the first of the whistleblower protection requirements of HR 4007 as codified in 6 USC 625(a)(1).
NOTE: I am expecting to see some other pages changed today reflecting the new EAP program that I have been discussing for the last month.