The Office of Management and Budget approved the Department of Homeland Security's Information Collection Request for the Chemical Facility Anit-Terrorism Standards Personnel Surety Program. Personnel surety, vetting facility personnel and unescorted visitors who have access to chemicals of interest, such as ammonium nitrate, is a key aspect of facility security.

The recently approved ICR applies to high-risk facilities in Tier 1 and Tier 2 for three years. DHS intends to seek approval to collect information from Tier 3 and Tier 4 facilities in a future ICR. DHS will roll out the program to facilities in a phased manner beginning in the near future. After an Implementation Notice is published in the Federal Register, CFATS Personnel will work directly with individual chemical facilities in Tiers 1 and 2 to supplement security plans to include terrorist screening-related measures.

The ICR, and related documents, are available at www.regulations.gov under docket reference number 201312-1670-001: http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=DHS-2012-0061