Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Federal Funding Fiasco and CFATS – December 2018

As expected, there is now a banner on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) web page reflecting the closed status for the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) during this federal funding fiasco (FFF).

The banner links to a DHS blog site that provides the following information:

“NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.”

During an earlier shutdown this year, ISCD, in addition to publishing a similar banner, posted a note on the CFATS Knowledge Center that provided minimal information about the impact of that FFF on the CFATS program. There is not currently any such notice on the Knowledge Center.

Interestingly, the CFATS Help Desk (866-323-2957) is functioning; if I remember correctly it is run by a contractor and thus not immediately affected by the FFF. I have a request thru the Help Desk about what portions of the CFATS program are affected by the FFF; I really do not expect to receive an answer until funding is restored.

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