Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program -- TOMORROW

Mar 5, 2012 Issues: Chemical Facility Security

Washington, D.C. – The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, chaired by Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), will hold a hearing entitled “The Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards Program: Addressing Its Challenges and Finding a Way Forward”  tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in Room 311 Cannon House Office Building.

The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program was established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to regulate security at high-risk chemical facilities. While DHS is still in the process of fully implementing the CFATS program, as of February it had determined that 4,458 facilities are high-risk and, therefore, regulated under CFATS.

Tomorrow’s hearing will give Members the opportunity to review the management and personnel challenges to the CFATS program as revealed in a leaked internal DHS memo.

Lungren said: “Our Subcommittee will be examining the leaked Anderson memo which outlined numerous problems in the fourth and final compliance phase of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, including leadership turnover, inadequate training and poor hiring decisions.  As Chairman of the Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the CFATS program, I’m upset that we had no indication of these management deficiencies. However, mismanagement is correctable and in no way indicates failure of the underlying program or its security achievements. I am committed to providing the vigorous program oversight necessary to reverse these management failures and make this program a model public-private security partnership.”

What:                Subcommittee Hearing on “The Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards Program: Addressing Its Challenges and Finding a Way Forward”

When:                 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Where:                311 Cannon House Office Building

                           **Live video feed will be available HERE

Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available online HERE

Witness List:

Panel I

The Honorable Rand Beers
Under Secretary
National Protection and Programs Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Ms. Penny J. Anderson
Director
Infrastructure Security Compliance Division
Office of Infrastructure Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. David Wulf
Deputy Director
Infrastructure Security Compliance Division
Office of Infrastructure Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

Mr. Bill Allmond
Vice President
Government and Public Relations
Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates

Mr. Timothy J. Scott
Chief Security Officer and Corporate Director
Emergency Services and Security
Dow Chemical

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