Thursday, May 18, 2017


Yesterday the DHS Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) updated one of the responses to a frequently asked question (FAQ) on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Knowledge Center. The change in the FAQ referring to the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) is significant enough that it was specifically mentioned in the ‘Latest News’ section of the Knowledge Center.

The FAQ response to FAQ #1724 (How do National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Alerts and Bulletins affect a CFATS Facilities’ RBPS 13 compliance responsibilities?) is a complete re-write and should be read by anyone responsible for security at a CFATS covered facility. The change basically delineates between the differences in facility response requirements for an NTAS Alert and an NTAS Bulletin.

Coincidentally, DHS published a new NTAS Bulletin earlier this week. As with the previous update there is nothing new here. It looks like we probably should have stuck with the earlier, color-coded version of the NTAS; at least you did not need to read anything to know that the situation was still the same.

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