DHS Temporarily Suspends Top-Screen, SVA Requirements

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The Department of Homeland Security issued a notice in the Federal Register last week informing the public of the Department’s intent to begin the implementation of the improved tiering methodology for chemical facilities of interest regulated under CFATS.

The notice temporarily suspends the requirement to submit Top-Screens and Security Vulnerability Assessments (SVA) in order to allow for a phased roll out of the new Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) 2.0 surveys.

CSAT 2.0 will consists of an improved and more streamline CSAT Top-Screen, SVA, and an Site Security Plan (SSP), that will allow the collection of the data necessary to process facilities through the new methodology and improve the integration between the SVA application and the SSP application. Chemical facilities of interest will be notified to submit their Top-Screen using CSAT 2.0 beginning in September.

DHS is taking a multi-step approach to this implementation.

  1. First, the Department is temporarily suspending the Top-Screen and SVA submissions requirements as outlined in the notice.
  2. Second, DHS will replace the current CSAT surveys with the revised surveys.
  3. Lastly, DHS will reinstate the Top-Screen and SVA submission requirement.

DHS will individually notify facilities of the requirement to resubmit a Top-Screen using the new tool in a phased manner, however, facilities may choose to proactively resubmit a Top-Screen once the new tool is available and prior to the individual notification. A copy of the notice can be found here: https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-16776

Source: Agricultural Retailers Association