14 November 2008
[Federal Register: November 14, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 221)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
[Docket No. DHS-2008-0112]
Review and Revision of the National Infrastructure Protection
AGENCY: National Protection and Programs Directorate, DHS.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: This notice informs the public that the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) is currently revising the 2006 National Infrastructure
Protection Plan (NIPP) and, as part of a comprehensive national review
process, solicits public comment on issues or language in this draft
document that need to be updated during this triennial review cycle.
DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before December 1,
ADDRESSES: Comments must be identified by docket number DHS-2008-0112
and may be submitted by one of the following methods:
Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Mail: Charles H. Davis, NIPP Program Management Office,
Mail Stop 8530, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, SW.,
Washington, DC 20528-8530.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Larry L. May, NIPP Program Management
Office, Partnership and Outreach Division, Office of Infrastructure
Protection, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of
Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528, 703-235-3648 or NIPP@dhs.gov.
I. Public Participation
DHS invites interested persons to contribute suggestions and
comments for the revision of the National Infrastructure Protection
Plan (NIPP) by submitting written data, views, or arguments. Comments
that will provide the most assistance to DHS in revising the NIPP will
explain the reason for any recommended changes to the NIPP and include
data, information, or authority that supports such recommended changes.
Identifying the proposed changes by page and line number, and/or
Figure/Table number is requested. DHS first solicited comments, issues
and/or language on the 2006 NIPP as part of this triennial NIPP
revision, in a previous Federal Register Notice published on June 6,
2008, (72 FR 32341). All of the public comments received in response to
the June 6, 2008, notice have been reviewed, adjudicated and as
appropriate revisions have been incorporated into the draft 2009
National Infrastructure Protection Plan which is available for review
in docket DHS-2008-0112 on www.regulations.gov.
Once all comments are received in response to this notice, they
will be adjudicated, addressed, and DHS will distribute the revised
NIPP for inter-agency review and concurrence through the Homeland
Security Council (HSC) process. Upon receipt and adjudication of the
comments resulting from the HSC review, a final document will be
prepared for review and signature by the Secretary of Homeland Security
and the respective heads of the federal departments and agencies in
preparation for its reissue.
The 2009 reissue of the NIPP will represent the culmination of a
comprehensive national review process involving the collaboration of
critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) protection partners at
all levels of government and the private sector; the consideration and
inclusion of comments from the American public; and the benefit of
shared knowledge and experience resulting from the robust public-
private partnership established through the NIPP sector partnership
model. Because of the open and collaborative process being used to
review and update the document, the 2009 NIPP will be of maximum value
to all CIKR protection partners and the public.
Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name
and docket number for this action. All comments received will be posted
without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal
information provided. You may submit your comments and material by one
of the methods specified in the ADDRESSES section above. Please submit
your comments and material by only one means to avoid the receipt and
review of duplicate submissions. If you submit comments by mail, your
submission should be an unbound document and no larger than 8.5 by 11
inches to enable copying and electronic document management. If you
want DHS to acknowledge receipt of comments by mail, please include
with your comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard that includes the
docket number for this action. We will date your postcard and return it
to you via U.S. mail.
All comments or recommended changes should be identified by page
and line number, and/or Figure or Table number.
Docket: Background documents and comments received can be viewed at
The NIPP sets forth a comprehensive risk management framework and
clearly defines critical infrastructure protection roles and
responsibilities for the DHS; Sector-Specific Agencies (SSAs); and
other Federal, State, regional, local, tribal, territorial, and
private-sector partners. The NIPP provides a coordinated approach for
establishing national priorities, goals, and requirements for
infrastructure protection so that funding and resources are applied in
the most effective manner. The NIPP risk management framework responds
to an evolving risk landscape; as such, there will always be changes to
the NIPP--from relatively minor to more significant. The 2006 NIPP
established the requirement to conduct a comprehensive review of the
NIPP and fully reissue the plan every three years to ensure that it is
current and of maximum value to all security partners as a national
unifying plan for critical infrastructure protection. However, it is
also important to provide periodic reviews to identify and address
significant issues so that all NIPP partners are aware of these issues
and their potential impact. Review of the NIPP in response to the June
2008 FRN provided proposed changes. The purpose of this notice is to
invite interested parties to review the resulting draft of the revised
NIPP (see http://www.regulations.gov) and propose edits and changes to
this new document. Note that a detailed technical edit and check of
acronyms will be conducted when all the comments are incorporated.
III. Initial List of Issues To Be Updated in the NIPP
Since the NIPP was released in June 2006, DHS and its partners have
been working to implement the risk management framework and the sector
partnership model to protect the Nation's CIKR. Throughout this
implementation, DHS has engaged the NIPP feedback mechanisms to capture
lessons learned and issues that need to be revised and updated in
future versions of the NIPP. This section presents a brief summary of
some of these issues to serve as a guide to reviewers and commenters in
their review of the draft revised NIPP:
Publishing the Sector Specific Plans (SSPs).
Establishment of Critical Manufacturing as the 18th CIKR
sector and designation of Education as a subsector of Government
Expansion of the sector partnership model to include the
geographically focused Regional Consortium Coordinating Council (RCCC).
Integration with State and local fusion centers.
Evolution of the National Asset Database (NADB) to the
Infrastructure Information Collection System (IICS) and the
Infrastructure Data Warehouse (IDW).
Developments in the programs, approaches, and tools used
to implement the NIPP risk management framework.
Updates on risk methodologies, information sharing
mechanisms, and other DHS-led programs.
Expansion and revision of the metrics discussion under the
NIPP risk management framework.
Description of additional Homeland Security Presidential
Directives, National Strategies, and legislation.
Release of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards
(CFATS), regulating a segment of those industries that involve the
production, use, and storage of high-risk chemicals.
Discussion of expanded education, training, outreach, and
Evolution from the National Response Plan (NRP) to the
National Response Framework (NRF).
Inclusion of further information on research and
development and modeling, simulation, and analysis efforts.
Additionally, the revised NIPP integrates the concepts of
resiliency and protection and broadens the focus of NIPP-related
programs and activities to the all-hazards environment.
While the basic structure and principles have not changed, changes
have been made throughout the document and interested parties are
encouraged to read the portions of interest to them carefully. For
purposes of review, the draft revised NIPP can be found at http://
Robert B. Stephan,
Assistant Secretary, Office of Infrastructure Protection, Department of
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