Thursday, August 18, 2022

OMB Approves CFATS ICR Revision – 8-17-22

Yesterday the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs announced that it had approved an information collection request from CISA on the “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)”. The 60-day ICR Notice was published on March 23rd, 2021, and the 30-day ICR Notice was published (corrected version) on June 29th, 2021.

This is one of four ICR’s covering various portions of the CFATS program. It addresses the following information collection documents:

Request for Redetermination,

Request for Extension,

Top-Screen Update,

Compliance Assistance, and

Declaration of Reporting Status

The changes in burden estimate were not caused by any programmatic changes. Instead, they arose from:

• Minor revisions to all five instruments that reflect the passage of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Act of 2018, 6 U.S.C. §§ 651-74, such as updating the Agency name to conform with the Agency’s new designation as CISA, as well as provide clearer descriptions of the scope of each instrument. CISA is not proposing changes to the scope of any instrument.

• Updated the number of respondents for all instruments based on historical data collected related to these instruments between CY2018 and CY2021.

• Updated the number of responses per respondent for two instruments (i.e., Request for an Extension and Compliance Assistance) based on historical data collected between CY2018 and CY2020.

• An increase of the annual reporting and recordkeeping hour and cost burden due to an increase in the respondent wage rate from $79.75/hour to $85.82/hour, which is based on updated Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data.

• An increase of the overall total annual operating cost to the Federal Government for this collection from $957,562 to $1,001,189 based on the projected costs for Government Full-time Equivalent (FTE) salaries that is reflected in the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) 2020 General Schedule Locality Pay Table.

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