Tuesday, May 21, 2013

NPPD Extends Comment Period on CFATS Personnel Surety Program ICR

Today the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) published and ICR Comment extension notice in the Federal Register (78 FR 29759) extending the comment period on the CFATS Personnel Surety Program (PSP) information collection request. The fourteen day extension moves the end of the comment period to June 4, 2013.

The extension notice does not mention any specific request for additional time. It justifies the move by saying:

“The Department believes that the public would benefit from additional time to provide comments on the March 22, 2013 CFATS Personnel Surety Program Notice and Request for Comments.”

Today was supposed to have been the closing day for comments so it is uncertain if the extension will practically provide any additional time for comments. Typically corporate comments come in at the end of the comment period, so the management decision to comment or not will have already been made.

To date only three comments have been posted and only one of those made any substantive suggestions. After the firestorm of comments received on the previous ICR, I expect that ISCD is waiting for the other shoe to drop, but it looks like they may have addressed the major concerns of industry with the previous PSP proposal. Oh well, another 14 day delay in fielding the PSP won't make much difference, I hope.

Public comments on the PSP may be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (www.Regulations.gov; Docket # DHS-2012-0061).

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