Chemical Facility Security and Safety Working Group

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Improving Data Management

Federal agencies collect valuable information on chemical facility safety and security; however, the differing formats and management of these data do not fully support interagency compliance analysis. As multiple regulatory programs developed and evolved over decades, each incorporated technologies and data collection requirements independently of one another (often due to differing statutory requirements), leading to duplicative databases and the need for multiple entries of the same or similar data. Currently, there is no chemical security and safety data clearinghouse that contains all of the data points germane to all Federal agency regulations.  In order to find information on a given facility, Federal agencies must translate the data into its customary format. Searching for potential noncompliant facilities is a time-intensive task requiring deep familiarity with complex data sets. This complexity makes it difficult to identify facilities identified by one agency that should be known to another. As the Working Group Agencies have shared data, the challenges have revealed the need for improvements to optimize available information. The EO charged the agencies with developing a coordinated, flexible, data-sharing process.

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