David Wulf

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With CFATS backlog shrinking, officials seek formal authorization

The backlog of chemical facility security plans will take about half as long as anticipated for the Homeland Security Department to eliminate, said the head of the department's National Protection and Programs Directorate.

Democratic lawmakers criticize CFATS authorization bill

Democratic lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee raised misgivings about the CFATS reauthorization bill during a subcommittee hearing on the newly proposed legislation.

Unified federal chemical facility database a possibility, says Wulf

An outcome of the chemical facility  executive order  signed by President Obama Aug. 1 could be a consolidated federal database of chemical facilities, a Homeland Security Department official told a House panel while blaming technological difficulties for past inability to share data across organizational lines.

CFATS could take nearly a decade to approve all security plans

It will take the Homeland Security Department between about 7 to 9 years at its current rate to complete the approval process of the security plans submitted via the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program, estimates the Government Accountability Office.

DHS officials defend CFATS risk tier methodology

The risk methodology is largely based on the consequence to human life that the release or theft of a chemical would cause or on the consequence to lives by sabotage, the GAO says.  Watchdog officials find multiple faults with the methodology. Consequence assessment should also consider the direct economic effects, for example, auditors say.

DHS resumes CFATS inspections, promises program has 'turned corner'

The Homeland Security Department resumed in July inspections of facilities that store or use hazardous chemicals under its Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program, said Rand Beers, head of the department's National Protection and Programs Directorate. Beers spoke Sept. 11 during a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on environment and the economy.

CFATS can be fixed, DHS officials tell skeptical House Republicans

Homeland Security Department officials emphasized progress in a troubled program overseeing chemical facility safety before a skeptical audience of Republican lawmakers during a Feb. 3 hearing. "Bad