Meehan to Hold a Legislative Hearing on CFATS Authorization and Accountability Act

Feb 26, 2014 Issues: Chemical Facility Security

Tomorrow, the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies will hold a legislative hearing on H.R. 4007, the “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014.”

THURSDAY, February 27 at 10 a.m.

Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies     

Legislative Hearing on H.R. 4007, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witnesses Include:

Panel I

  • Ms. Caitlin Durkovich, Assistant Secretary, Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Stephen L. Caldwell, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Ms. Marcia Hodges, Chief Inspector, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

  • Mr. Clyde Miller, Director for Corporate Security, BASF North America, Incoming Vice Chair, American Chemistry Council Security Committee
  • Ms. Kate Hampford Donahue, President, Hampford Research, Inc., Member, Board of Governors, Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates
  • Ms. Anna Fendley, Legislative Representative, United Steelworkers

Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) on the hearing: “Chemical facilities are among the most attractive targets for terrorist, and an attack on a chemical plant could result in large-scale damage and loss of life.  Congress in 2007 authorized the Department of Homeland Security to develop a set of vulnerability assessment standards and corresponding regulations for chemical plants, to protect against this risk. Yet, seven years later, the resulting Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), has yet to be reauthorized.  Instead, the program relies on the annual appropriations process, which provides little guidance for the Department or stakeholders.  

“H.R. 4007, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Authorization and Accountability Act of 2014, will authorize the program for two years, while ensuring that DHS makes necessary improvements to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness.  Thursday’s legislative hearing will allow the committee to hear from the regulated community, the Government Accountability Office, and those DHS officials directly responsible for implementing CFATS.  This bill takes a fresh approach to addressing some of CFATS's most basic issues, and represents a new partnership among industry, the Administration, and Republicans and Democrats in Congress for the advancement of America’s chemical security." 

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

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