The security week that was: 05/27/11 (Long road ahead for CFATS)

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Let me try to bring this back around to the news of this week about the multi-year extension for CFATS funding. It is precisely because of this slow security review process and the huge number of affected facilities that there is a movement on Capitol Hill to make sure the funding for CFATS is not a year-by-year expenditure, but rather that we commit to an extended amount of funding for this program. No one ever expected over night change to happen in terms of security improvements, but as long as the chemical industry and the security industry stay focused, the improvements will happen. It may be step-by-step, but the general feeling from experts like Hope and others, is that step-by-step is much better than no steps being taken at all.

In other news
Smith & Wesson ends dealer program, FBI release crime stats, more

The Smith & Wesson Security Services Authorized Dealer Program, which was offered through NationWide Digital Monitoring, has been terminated. A new dealer program, Security Doctors, has been tapped to replace it. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation released its Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report this week, which showed that both violent and property crimes decreased across the nation in 2010. ... The family of a San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten outside of Dodger Stadium in March has filed a lawsuit against the team claiming that the ballclub was negligent by not providing more security. ... The Transportation Security Administration announced this week that new tests of body imaging machines at airports have found that the radiation they emit are within acceptable levels.