Critical Infrastructure Protection: Observations on DHS Efforts to Implement and Manage its Chemical Security Program, Statement of Stephen L. Caldwell, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Testimony Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate   [open pdf - 201KB]

"Facilities that produce, store, or use hazardous chemicals could be of interest to terrorists intent on using toxic chemicals to inflict mass casualties in the United States. As required by statute, DHS issued regulations establishing standards for the security of these facilities. DHS established the CFATS [Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards] program to assess risk at facilities covered by the regulations and inspect them to ensure compliance. This statement provides observations on DHS efforts related to the CFATS program. It is based on the results of previous GAO [Government Accountability Office] reports issued in July 2012 and April 2013 and a testimony issued in February 2014. In conducting the earlier work, GAO reviewed DHS reports and plans on the program and interviewed DHS officials. […] In a July 2012 report, GAO recommended that DHS measure its performance implementing actions to improve its management of CFATS. In an April 2013 report, GAO recommended that DHS enhance its risk assessment approach to incorporate all elements of risk, conduct a peer review, and gather feedback on its outreach to facilities. DHS concurred and has taken actions or has actions underway to address them."

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