Wednesday, February 12, 2020

ISCD Publishes CFATS Quarterly – 2-12-20

Today the CISA Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) published a link to the January 2020 issue of the Chemical Security Quarterly. If you had previously signed up for Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) notifications from CISA you would have received an email version of this publication back on January 27th like I did.

Veteran readers of this blog know how much I hate corporate report type publications from government agencies. When I first opened my email, it looked like this Quarterly was going to be one since it started with a month-by-month year-in-review for 2019; you know, ‘hey look at what great things I done’. Actually, I must admit some of the tidbits were things that I missed or had forgotten about.

The Quarterly then went on to review the ‘heightened geopolitical tensions’ issues surrounding the potential conflict with Iran. It is a nice recap if you missed the January 17th notice on the CFATS Knowledge Center or either of my two blog posts (here and here) on the topic.

Probably the most valuable part of this issue is the ‘Compliance Closeup’ feature dealing with CSAT 2.0. There is a good chance that many CFATS facilities may be seeing the new SVA/SSP portion of CSAT 2.0 for the first time as they implement the Tier 3 and 4 Personnel Surety Program (PSP) requirements. ISCD has done a nice job of briefly going over some of the changes with which facilities will have to deal. And there is a companion discussion about some of the resources available for implementing the PSP.

All in all, I have to continue to give ISCD points for publishing a worthwhile document than everyone associated with the CFATS program should read.

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