Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Multiple DHS Web Page Updates 10-06-08

It appears that the DHS web guru’s have been hard at work in updating and reviewing a number of their web pages. There have been a number of the web pages with recent changes in the ‘last reviewed/modified on’ mark on the bottom of the web page. It appears that most of them have been ‘reviewed’ and not changed, but there have been a number of interesting ‘changes’.


CVI Cover Sheet Now Copy-able


The most important change (IMHO) has been a change in the security controls for the CVI Cover Sheet on the Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information page. You may remember that I had complained (see: “Changes to CVI Cover Sheet”) about the inability to print or copy the new Cover Sheet page when it was first changed. Subsequently, DHS changed the security controls to allow printing.


I applauded that change but still asked (see: “New CVI Coversheet Now Printable”) for the ability to copy the page for inclusion in electronic documents. Well, without fanfare or notification, that security control has been updated. The CVI Cover Sheet can now be both printed and copied. This now makes it a fully functional cover sheet.


Chemical Security Page Update


I initially missed the change to the Critical Infrastructure: Chemical Security page when I reviewed the page yesterday morning. Fortunately, this is one of those pages that you can sign up for notification of changes. I found the email notification in my in-box this morning and it pointed out the change, the addition of a link for the CSAT FAQ Page: “Read CSAT Frequently Asked Questions.


While this is certainly not of earthshaking importance, it is a valuable link that should be on the page that serves as the entry to the chemical security section of the DHS web site. Once again, let me put in a plug for the people at the Help Desk (866-323-2957) that maintain the FAQ page. They are doing an excellent job and it is one of the most complete FAQ pages you could ever ask for.


Faulty Links


It is not often that I catch the web gurus for the DHS site in any major gaffs, but today I found two that I have to mention. The first is a bad link and second is a mislabeled link. Both problems are found on the same page, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards page.


The first problem is that when you click on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Interim Final Rule link you get the following error message:


  • Access Denied You don't have permission to access "http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/2007/E7-6363.htm" on this server. Reference #18.1fc0f6cf.1223391929.4812fdc

The second problem is that when you click on the Top Screen Submission Deadlines link you get the current version of the Chemical Security Assessment Tool which no longer has Top Screen submission deadlines listed. It does have SVA submission deadlines, which would be a more practical link in any case. An added note, I would like to see an SVA submission deadline link take one directly to that section on the web page.


This is a complex web site and mistakes do happen. In the great scheme of things both of these are relatively minor and easily corrected.

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