Thursday, February 19, 2009

TSA Information Collection Request – DHS-VISAT-T

Yesterday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reposted their Information Collection Request Notice in the Federal Register for the Department of Homeland Security—Vulnerability Identification Self-Assessment Tool—Transportation (DHS-VISAT-T). The original 60-day Notice was published on December 24, 2008 (73 FR 79148) for extending the currently approved collection (OMB Control Number: 1652-0037). The current deadline for comments to the Office of Management and Budget is March 20, 2009. According to the notice: “The DHS-VISAT-T (formerly the TSA Self-Assessment Risk Module (TSARM)) was developed to assist all modes of transportation asset owners/operators in developing a security plan and in performing a vulnerability assessment of their asset(s). The tool is designed to be user-friendly, web-based, and is provided at no cost to transportation owner and operators. The tool captures a snapshot of the asset's baseline security posture and assists the stakeholder in conducting a vulnerability assessment and completing a comprehensive security plan. TSA designed this tool to be flexible to support the unique characteristics of each transportation mode, while still providing a common framework from which analysis and trends can be identified. Thus far, TSA has developed modules of the tool for maritime, mass transit, highway bridges, and rail passenger stations, with more in development.” Comments should be addressed to Desk Officer, Department of Homeland Security/TSA, and sent via electronic mail to or faxed to (202) 395-6974.

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