Friday, August 27, 2010

DHS Chem Sec Training ICR

Today DHS published a 60-day notice of their intention to renew the information collection request (ICR; 1607-0009) that will allow them to continue to collect information for the administration of the Chemical Security Awareness Training Program run by the Sector Specific Agency Executive Management Office in the Office of Infrastructure Protection.
I looked at this training program a couple of years ago and found it to be a very effective training program for general security awareness training at chemical facilities. To continue to operate this on-line training program DHS will need the approval of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for this ICR because of the information collection activities that are inherent in the on-line training process. The current ICR will expire on October 31, 2010.
NOTE: It will not be possible to receive OMB approval for this request before the current ICR expires. There will be an additional 30-day notice that must be published in the Federal Register before the OMB can begin their approval process. I suppose that this means that DHS would have to shut down the training program until that approval is received.
No significant changes are being made in the information being submitted in this renewal application as compared to the original application submitted to OMB on July 11, 2007. In fact the only change that I saw was the listing of the total number of chemical sector employees, 850,000 (per 2009 American Chemical Council information) down from the earlier figure of 882,000 based on 2004 data from the same source.
Public comments on this ICR (there were none on the original ICR submission three years ago) may be submitted to the Federal Rulemaking Portal (docket # DHS-2010-0071). Comments need to be submitted by October 26, 2010.

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