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DHS/TSA RIN: 1652-AA58 Publication ID: Fall 2008 
Title: Railroads--Vulnerability Assessment and Security Plan 
Abstract: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will add new regulations to improve the security of rail transportation in accordance with the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007. This rulemaking will propose general requirements for each railroad carrier assigned by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to a high-risk tier to conduct a vulnerability assessment; implement a security plan that addresses security performance requirements; and establish standards and guidelines for developing and implementing these vulnerability assessments and security plans. 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 49 USC 114    PL 110-53, sec 1512   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
NPRM  Statutory  Due 12 months after date of enactment.  08/03/2008 

Overall Description of Deadline: According to section 1512 of Public Law 110-53, Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Aug. 3, 2007; 121 Stat. 266), TSA must issue a regulation no later than 12 months after date of enactment of this Act.

Statement of Need: The rulemaking will propose general requirements for each high-risk railroad carrier to conduct a vulnerability assessment; implement a security plan that addresses security performance requirements; and establish standards and guidelines for developing and implementing these vulnerability assessments and security plans.

Summary of the Legal Basis: 49 U.S.C. 114; section 1512 of Public Law 110-53, Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Aug. 3, 2007; 121 Stat. 266).

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: Economic analysis under development.

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/00/2009    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Scott Gorton
Manager, Freight Rail Security Branch
Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, TSA-28, HQ, E10-423N, 601 South 12th Street,
Arlington, VA 20598-6028
Phone:571 227-1251
Fax:571 227-2930
Email: scott.gorton@tsa.dhs.gov

David Kasminoff
Senior Counsel, Regulations and Security Standards
Department of Homeland Security
Transportation Security Administration
Chief Counsel's Office, 601 South 12th Street,
Arlington, VA 20598-6002
Phone:571 227-3583
Email: david.kasminoff@tsa.dhs.gov