CFATS PRA Notices for Comment


The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) requires federal agencies to take specific actions before requiring or requesting information from the public. This includes posting notices informing the public about new programs and policies and seeking comments from the public through information collection requests (ICR), which are published in the Federal Register. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) manages this requirement and grants approval for requests of information.

These are the Federal Register notices and ICRs regarding the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program.

Notices Posted in the Federal Register

Retrospective Analysis of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards
Posted to the CFATS 2014 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANRPM) docket on June 22, 2020. To better understand the actual costs of security requirements under the CFATS program and how those costs are distributed across the regulated community, the Agency conducted a retrospective analysis of the CFATS program based on observed data from more than 10 years of CFATS compliance. The retrospective analysis revealed that the actual costs of the CFATS program on chemical facilities is significantly lower (83 percent) than was initially projected in the 2007 Regulatory Assessment. Submit comments on the retrospective analysis. The comment period for the Retrospective Analysis will be open until September 21, 2020.

Implementation of the CFATS Personnel Surety Program (2019)
Published on July 9, 2019. The Agency announced the implementation of the Personnel Surety Program (PSP) at all covered chemical facilities—including Tier 3 and Tier 4 facilities—closing the final gap in vetting individuals with access to critical assets and restricted areas for terrorist ties. High-risk chemical facilities that have an approved security plan, but have not yet included measures to comply with Risk-Based Performance Standard (RBPS) 12(iv), will be notified by the Agency in a phased manner of the need to update their security plans with measures to identify individuals for terrorist ties.

CFATS Suspension and Modification of Certain Submission Requirements
Published on July 20, 2016. This notice informed the public of the Department’s actions to implement an improved tiering methodology for the CFATS program that incorporates the relevant elements of risk mandated by section 2102(e)(2) of title XXI of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (as amended). The notice temporarily suspended and modified certain submission requirements for chemical facilities of interest and covered chemical facilities. Implementation of the improved tiering methodology required changes to a Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) ICR published on July 14, 2016.

Implementation of the CFATS Personnel Surety Program (2015)
Published on December 18, 2015. DHS informed Tier 1 and Tier 2 high-risk chemical facilities covered under CFATS of the implementation of the Personnel Surety Program (PSP). The notice provides information on statutory and regulatory history, options available for compliance, program requirements and details, Chemical Security Assessment Tool user roles and responsibilities, and privacy considerations.

CFATS Appendix A Notice of Public Meeting
Published on October 16, 2015. DHS invited public comment and recommendations on how the Appendix A Chemicals of Interest (COI) list in the CFATS regulations may be improved. Along with the collection of written comments, DHS hosted a roundtable discussion and listening session on October 27, 2015.

CFATS: Guidance for the Expedited Approval Program
Published on May 13, 2015. DHS issued guidance to comply with the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014. The Act amended the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require DHS to issue guidance for an Expedited Approval Program that identifies specific security measures sufficient to meet risk-based performance standards established as part of the CFATS regulations.

CFATS Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) (2014)
Published on August 18, 2014. DHS initiated this rulemaking process as a step toward maturing the CFATS program and to identify ways to make the program more effective in achieving its regulatory objectives. This ANPRM provided an opportunity for the Department to hear and consider the views of interested members of the public, including regulated industry, on their recommendations for program modifications that could be incorporated into an updated CFATS regulation. The comment period was open through October 17, 2014.

DHS Request for Comment on CFATS Regulatory Provisions for Aboveground Gasoline Storage Tanks
Published on January 15, 2010. The Department invited public comment on issues related to certain regulatory provisions in CFATS that apply to facilities that store gasoline in aboveground storage tanks. The comment period was open through March 16, 2010.

Draft Risk-Based Performance Standards Guidance
Published on October 27, 2008. The Department invited public comment on the draft "Risk-Based Performance Standards" Guidance associated with CFATS. The comment period was open through November 26, 2008.

Clarification to Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards: Propane
Published on March 21, 2008. This notice clarifies how certain provisions of CFATS apply to the Chemical of Interest (COI) propane, which is understood by the Department to contain at least 87.5% of the chemical propane. Specifically, this notice clarifies the STQ and counting rules that apply to the COI propane.

Agricultural Facilities Time Extension Notification
Published on January 9, 2008. The Department published a letter that it issued on December 21, 2007. Through this letter, the Department granted a time extension for farmers and other agricultural end-users who would otherwise have been required to submit a Top-Screen consequence assessment through the secure online Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT).

Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) Registration Reminder
Published on April 25, 2007. The Department published a notice that recommended chemical facilities register to access the CSAT system. This is a voluntary registration process for facilities that think they may be covered by the Department’s CFATS (6 CFR Part 27), and that want to initiate the process to determine whether or not they are covered by 6 CFR Part 27.

CFATS Regulatory Assessment
Posted to the CFATS Interim Final Rule (IFR) docket on April 9, 2007. This regulatory assessment was prepared in order to estimate the magnitude of cost chemical facility owners and/or operators would incur implementing the CFATS IFR.

Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM): Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (2006)
Published on December 28, 2006. Section 550 of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007 provided the Department with authority to promulgate “interim final regulations” for the security of certain chemical facilities in the United States. The Department developed and published this ANPRM, indicating that a new standard was under development and requesting public comments on the proposed rule. The comment period was open through February 7, 2007.

Information Collection Requests (ICR)

Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) ICR (1670-0007)

Current ICR Will Expire 7/31/2023

  • Complete information collection package and Notice of Action (Ref No. 201905-1670-001) issued by OMB to the Agency authorizing the revised burden estimates and authorizing CISA to collect information using approved instruments.
  • 30-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2019-09319) to solicit comments for a revision to OMB Information Collection #1670-0007. In this notice, CISA responds to one commenter who submitted multiple comments in response to the 60-day notice and revises the burden associated with an instrument (Identification of Additional Facilities and Assets at Risk). Published May 7, 2019.
  • 60-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2019-01378) to solicit comments for a revision to OMB Information Collection #1670-0007. This submission proposed to renew the information collection for an additional three years and update the burden estimates associated with collecting information in CSAT (i.e., User Registration, Top-Screen, Security Vulnerability Assessment, Site Security Plan and Alternative Security Program, etc.) for CFATS. Published February 7, 2019.

Current ICR Expired on 7/31/2020 (Extended from the initial expiration date of 7/30/2019)

  • Complete information collection package and Notice of Action (Ref. No. 201604-1670-001) issued by OMB to the Department authorizing the revised burden estimates for the instruments based on data collected since 2012 on how the tools are used. The revised estimate also accounts for the updates that the Department made to the questionnaires in order to implement the improved tiering methodology and incorporate the DHS estimates of the efficiencies that will be gained by the new, streamlined questionnaires. Issued on July 14, 2016.
  • 30-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2016-08495) to solicit comments for a revision to OMB Information Collection #1670-0007. Published April 13, 2016.
  • 60-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2015-29457) to solicit comments for a revision to OMB Information Collection #1670-0007. Published November 18, 2015.

Previous ICR Expired 7/31/2016 (Extended from the initial expiration date of 4/30/2016)

  • Complete information collection package and Notice of Action (Ref. No. 201303-1670-001) issued by OMB to the Department authorizing the revised burdens for the instruments based upon historical data since the implementation of the collection. Several of the instruments were refined to reflect the maturing regulatory program. The Chemical-Terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) Training and User Authorization instrument was removed from this collection and remains only in the CVI collection (see 1670-0015). Issued on October 11, 2014.
  • 30-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2013-06095) to solicit comments for a revision to OMB Information Collection #1670-0007. Published March 18, 2013.
  • 60-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2012-30313) to solicit comments for a revision to OMB Information Collection #1670-0007. Published December 17, 2012.

Previous ICR Expired 3/31/2013

  • Complete information collection package and Notice of Action (Ref. No. 201001-1670-007) issued by OMB to the Department authorizing the revised burdens for the instruments based upon historical data since the implementation of the collection. Several of the instruments were refined to reflect the maturing regulatory program. The CVI Training and User Authorization instrument was removed from this collection and remains only in the CVI collection (see 1670-0015). Issued on March 19, 2010.
  • 30-Day Notice (FR Doc. E9-23219) to solicit comments for a revision to OMB Information Collection #1670-0007. Published September 25, 2009.
  • 60-Day Notice (FR Doc. E9-15476) to solicit comments for a revision to OMB Information Collection #1670-0007. Published July 1, 2009.

Previous ICR Expired 5/31/2011

  • Collection information collection package and Notice of Action (Ref. No. 200809-1670-002) issued by OMB to the Department authorizing the revised minor change to the CVI Authorization that did not affect the burden of the instrument. The minor change renamed the instrument to the CVI Training and Authorized User Application and removed the non-disclosure element in the instrument. Issued on October 24, 2008.
  • 30-Day Notice (FR Doc. E8-1445) to solicit comments for OMB Information Collection #1670-0007 (Helpdesk, User Registration, CVI Authorized User Training and Application, Top Screen, SVA, and SSP). Published January 28, 2008.
  • 60-Day Notice (FR Doc. E7-22858) to solicit comments for OMB Information Collection #1670-0007 (Helpdesk, User Registration, CVI Authorized User Training and Application, Top Screen, SVA, and SSP). Published November 23, 2007.

CFATS Personnel Surety Program ICR (1670-0029)

Current ICR Will Expire 5/31/2022

  • Complete information collection package and Notice of Action (Ref. No. 201806-1670-001) issued by OMB to the Department authorizing the collection of information for the phased implementation of the CFATS Personnel Surety Program at all high-risk chemical facilities. Issued on May 23, 2019.
  • 30-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2018-12523) to solicit comments for a revision to OMB Information Collection #1670-0029. This information collection will allow high-risk chemical facilities to implement the CFATS Personnel Surety Program on Tier 3 and 4 facilities. Published June 18, 2018.
  • 60-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2017-27519) to solicit comments for a revision to OMB Information Collection #1670-0029. This information collection request notice is the first step in the process of gaining approval to allow high-risk chemical facilities to implement the CFATS Personnel Surety Program on Tier 3 and 4 facilities. In addition, this ICR notice revises the estimated number of annual respondents and the estimated time per respondent based upon historical data collected by the Department. Published December 27, 2017.

Previous ICR Expired 8/31/2018

  • Complete information collection package and Notice of Action (Ref. No. 201312-1670-001) issued by OMB to the Department authorizing the collection of information under OMB Information Collection #1670-0029. Issued on August 27, 2015.
  • 30-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2014-02082) to solicit comments for OMB Information Collection #1670-NEW (CFATS Personnel Surety Program). This information collection will allow high-risk chemical facilities to comply with 6 CFR 27.230(a)(12)(iv) to implement "measures designed to identify people with terrorist ties."  Published February 3, 2014.
  • 60-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2013-06184) to solicit comments for OMB Information Collection #1670-NEW (CFATS Personnel Surety Program). Under this notice, the Department revised its previously proposed collection of information to allow high-risk chemical facilities to comply with 6 CFR 27.230(a)(12)(iv) to implement "measures designed to identify people with terrorist ties." Published March 22, 2013.

Previous ICR was Withdrawn on 7/20/2012

  • Complete information collection package and Notice of Action (Ref. No. 201105-1670-002) issued by OMB acknowledging the withdrawal if the collection of information. Issued on July 20, 2012.
  • Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) Notice (FR Doc. 2011-14382) that (a) responds to comments received during the PRA 30-day comment period, and (b) notifies the public that the Office of Management and Budget is beginning its review of the PRA Information Collection Request for the CFATS Personnel Surety Program.
  • 30-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2010-8312) to solicit comments for OMB Information Collection #1670-NEW (CFATS Personnel Surety). This information collection will allow high-risk chemical facilities to comply with 6 CFR 27.230(a)(12)(iv) to implement "measures designed to identify people with terrorist ties." The 30-day notice also responds to comments received during the 60-day comment period.  Published April 13, 2010.
  • 60-Day Notice (FR Doc. E9-13618) to solicit comments for OMB Information Collection #1670-NEW (CFATS Personnel Surety). This information collection will allow high-risk chemical facilities to comply with 6 CFR 27.230(a)(12)(iv) to implement "measures designed to identify people with terrorist ties." Published June 10, 2009.

CFATS ICR (1670-0014)

Current ICR Will Expire 12/31/2021

Previous ICR Expired 9/30/2017

  • Complete information collection package and Notice of Action (Ref. No. 201303-1670-002) issued by OMB to the Department authorizing the revised collection of information under OMB Information Collection #1670-0014. Issued on September 13, 2014.
  • 30-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2013-06097) to solicit comments for a revision to OMB Information Collection #1670-0014. This information collection will be used by facilities to communicate with or notify the department regarding, for example, a Request for Redetermination, Request for an Extension, Notification of New Top-Screen, and a Request for a Technical Consultation. Published March 18, 2013.
  • 60-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2012-30314) to solicit comments for OMB Information Collection #1670-0014 (CFATS). This information collection will be used by facilities to communicate with or notify the Department regarding, for example, a Request for Redetermination, Request for an Extension, Notification of New Top-Screen, and a Request for a Technical Consultation. Published December 17, 2012.

Previous ICR Expired 3/31/2013

  • Complete information collection package and Notice of Action (Ref. No. 201001-1670-006) issued by OMB to the Department authorizing the collection of information under OMB Information Collection #1670-0014. The information collection is used by facilities to communicate with or notify the department regarding, for example, a Request for Redetermination, Request for an Extension, Notification of New Top-Screen, and a Request for a Technical Consultation. Issued on March 19, 2010.
  • 30-Day Notice (FR Doc. E9-23241) to solicit comments for OMB Information Collection #1670-0014 (CFATS). This information collection will be used by facilities to communicate with or notify the department regarding, for example, a Request for Redetermination, Request for an Extension, Notification of New Top-Screen, and a Request for a Technical Consultation. Published September 25, 2009.
  • 60-Day Notice (FR Doc. E9-15473) to solicit comments for OMB Information Collection #1670-0014 (CFATS). This information collection will be used by facilities to communicate with or notify the department regarding, for example, a Request for Redetermination, Request for an Extension, Notification of New Top-Screen, and a Request for a Technical Consultation. Published July 1, 2009.

Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI) ICR (1670-0015)

  • 30-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2020-15570) to solicit comments for OMB Information Collection #1670-0015 (Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information). In this notice, CISA requests comments on the minor update to the ICR burden described in the 60-day notice because no comments were submitted. Published on July 20, 2020.
  • 60-Day Notice (FR Doc. 2020-06499) to solicit comments for OMB Information Collection #1670-0015 (Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information). This information collection will be used to manage the CVI program in support of CFATS and proposes one minor update in the ICR to increase the loaded average hourly wage rates of respondents based on updated wage and compensation data. Published on March 30, 2020.

Current ICR Expires 1/31/2021

Previous ICR Expires 09/30/2017

Previous ICR Expired 03/31/2013

  • Complete information collection package and Notice of Action (Ref. No. 201001-1670-005) issued by OMB to the Department authorizing the collection of information under OMB Information Collection #1670-0015. This information collection is used to manage the CVI program in support of CFATS. Issued on March 19, 2010.
  • 30-Day Notice (FR Doc. E9-23239) to solicit comments for OMB Information Collection #1670-0015 (Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information). This information collection will be used to manage the CVI program in support of CFATS. Published on September 25, 2009.
  • 60-Day Notice (FR Doc. E9-15481) to solicit comments for OMB Information Collection #1670-0015 (Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information). This information collection will be used to manage the CVI program in support of CFATS. Published on July 1, 2009.

Privacy Impact Assessments and System of Record Notices

In compliance with the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. §552a (e) (3)), CFATS is making publicly available its Privacy Act Statement and updating documentation about how personal information is handled, used, shared, and protected by CFATS.

For Privacy Impact Assessments and the associated Systems of Record Notices (SORNs) information, please visit the Privacy Documents for CISA Page.

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