Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ISCD Updates CFATS Knowledge Center

Today the folks at DHS Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) published a new frequently asked quest (FAQ) on the CFATS Knowledge Center. The new FAQ (# 1735) asks (and, of course, answers):

“How may a corporation with multiple facilities regulated under CFATS request the corporate approach and what benefits does this provide the corporation?”

The response (sorry no permanent links to FAQs or responses) explains that for many organizations with multiple CFATS facilities at least some portion of the chemical security plans are operated out of the corporate office not the local facility. Where the corporate portion of the plan is the same (or substantially similar) across multiple facilities it makes eminent sense for ISCD to inspect that portion one time and share the results with the various facility chemical security inspectors.

The FAQ response does not go into  a great deal of detail about how this program works but it does provide suggested methods of connecting with ISCD to get involved in the program:

● Contact an Inspector or Regional Director in the area where the facility’s corporate headquarters is located;
● Contact the Compliance Case Manager responsible for the region where the majority of your facilities are located; or
● Contact the CFATS help desk at 866-323-2957 or csat@dhs.gov to request information on your local contacts.

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