Monday, July 20, 2020

ISCD Updates 9 FAQ Responses – 7-20-20

Today the CISA Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) updated the responses to six frequently asked questions on the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Knowledge Center. There were also two news items on today’s CFATS Knowledge page; first, a note about the 30-day ICR renewal notice published in today’s Federal Register for the Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) program. The second note is an update of information about the COVID-19 modified compliance inspection program.

FAQ Updates

The FAQ updates are part of an on-going effort at ISCD to make FAQ editorial changes designed to: reflect changes in program management (CISA branding), to change URL’s to page links (see the similar 6-22-20 blog post) and to make the responses more helpful; rather than reflecting changes in ISCD policy.

The FAQ responses updated today include:

Interestingly, FAQ #1742 was previously updated last week. Today’s update simply indents the three subparagraphs in the response.


The first news item on today’s CFATS Knowledge Center points to today’s CISA information collection request (ICR) renewal notice in the Federal Register for the CVI program. This is the follow-up to the 60-day ICR notice published in March. There is no burden change reported in the renewal notice. CISA is soliciting comments on the ICR notice. Comments may be submitted via email to All submissions must include the words “Department of Homeland Security” and the OMB Control Number 1670-0015.

Covid-19 Modified Inspections

The second news item for today notes that CISA has completed the pilot of COVID-19 modified compliance inspections that had first been announced on June 11th, and I more completely detailed two days later. Today’s notice says: “Based on the pilot, CISA is now conducting modified compliance operations and high-priority compliance assistance.” Facilities will be notified of any compliance inspection scheduled by their Chemical Security Inspector or the Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) headquarters.

There has been no change made to the CFATS Compliance Inspection Fact Sheet since November 2019.

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