Tuesday, October 2, 2012

DHS Publishes SAFETY Act ICR Renewal Notice

Today DHS S&T published a 60-day information collection request (ICR) in the Federal Register (77 FR 60130-60131) to renew the authority to collect public information in support of the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies (SAFETY) Act Program. According to the notice the “SAFETY Act program promotes the development and use of anti-terrorism technologies that will enhance the protection of the nation and provides risk management and litigation management protections for sellers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) and others in the supply and distribution chain”.

The currently approved ICR expires on March 31st, 2013. The current request replicates the estimates of participation and burden provided in the current ICR; 950 annual requests and 17,300 hours of public action supporting those requests. The ICR covers the completion of 11 forms used in various parts of the application process that would be completed by business entities and associations, as well as State, Local and Tribal Government entities.

The public is invited to submit comments about this ICR renewal and may do so via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (www.Regulations.gov; Docket # DHS-2012-0043). Comments need to be submitted by December 3rd, 2012.

NOTE: There have been suggestions made that CFATS covered facilities could provide themselves with a certain amount of risk management and litigation management protection by registering their facility protective measures with this program. DHS has a secure web site (www.SAFETYAct.gov) that might be helpful in investigating this process. I’m not sure how that would work, but I would certainly be interested in hearing about any facility that attempts to do this.

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