Chemical Security Assessment Tool 2.0 Data Export Utility


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Center for Infrastructure Security Analysis (CISA) Risk Analysis Team is utilizing an export utility to extract needed data from the Chemical Security Assessment Tool (CSAT). The CSAT Data Export Utility creates data files from the CSAT database that can be read into other systems. This data is used by CISA–sponsor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and is shared by DHS with other federal partners who have a need to know and are authorized. 

The CISA Risk Analysis Team, with Researchers Tim Rhyne and Kris Daley, developed the utility in response to increasing data requests, expediting the process by which the data could be exported. The current version of the tool, CSAT 2.0, is the data collection, user support, and management system DHS has in place to comply with the requirements of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Act of 2014, federal law 6 CFR Part 27. Appendix A to Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards: Final Rule, published in the Federal Register November 20, 2007, additionally defined the Chemicals of Interest (COI).

Facilities that possess chemicals that are listed in CFATS Appendix A and are in excess of the minimum screening threshold quantities and concentrations indicated therein are required to register for CFATS using CSAT. After completing registration, the facility must complete an online form, called a “Top-Screen.” Analysis performed by the CISA Risk Analysis Team of the Top Screen survey determines if the chemical facility is at risk. Data from the Top Screen is stored in a relational database at CISA. The data submitted by facilities is protected under a special category of For Official Use Only (FOUO) called Chemical-terrorism Vulnerability Information (CVI). In order to receive CVI, data users must be CVI–certified and have a need to know.

Last Updated: July 2, 2020 - 5:42 pm