Congress Enacts CFATS Authorization Legislation


Today, the House followed the action of the Senate and voted to authorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program for four years. The bill, HR 4007, contains language to prevent DHS’s regulatory overreach with respect to personnel surety.  Facilities will now be able to meet the RSBP-12 standard using any federal vetting program that checks against the TSDB.  Supporters were able to defeat efforts to impose more prescriptive standards.  Provisions in the bill will also ensure strong oversight.  The legislation includes a “sunset” provision, ensuring that DHS will need to demonstrate that this program has security value.  This is a hard fought victory for IME.  We thank all those members of Congress and staff of both parties who worked to pass this bill.  It now goes to the President for his signature.