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CFATS Personnel Surety Program

The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) is a risk-based regulatory program that sets the standards for security at the Nation’s high-risk chemical facilities. Personnel surety, the vetting of facility personnel and unescorted visitors who have or are seeking access to restricted areas and critical assets at high-risk chemical facilities, is a key aspect of chemical facility security.

Paperwork Reduction Act Notice for Comment

Federal agencies are required to provide justifications before requesting information from individuals and groups to ensure that the information is necessary and will used effectively.

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Chemical Sector Council Partners

DHS serves as a liaison between the private sector, through the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (SCC), and the public sector, through the Chemical Government Coordinating Council (GCC).

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Chemical Sector Partnerships

Chemical Sector owners and operators have a strong history of working in partnership to develop industry practices that build a culture of safety and security. Read more on how partnerships are enhancing security and resilience in the Chemical Sector.

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Chemical Sector Regulatory Authorities

The majority of Chemical Sector assets are privately owned and operated. However, the highest-risk assets are regulated for security through several different regulatory programs.

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Safety and Security for Small and Midsize Chemical Facilities

Small and midsize chemical facilities are vital to the Chemical Sector and subject to the same threat environment as their larger counterparts. Working together, both public and private sector partners can improve the cyber and physical security and resilience of the Chemical Sector.

Written testimony of S&T Under Secretary, OHA Assistant Secretary, and DNDO Director for a House Committee on Homeland Security joint subcommittee hearing titled “Weapons of Mass Destruction: Bolstering DHS to Combat Persistent Threats to America”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Under Secretary  Dr. Reginald Brothers, Office of Health Affairs (OHA) Assistant Secretary and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kathryn Brinsfield, and Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Director Dr. Huban Gowadia address DHS’ work to strengthen departmental unity of effort with regard to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats to the nation.

CFATS Expedited Approval Program

On December 18, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014 (“CFATS Act”) Public Law 113-254 (6 U.S.C.


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