Industries Regulations, Guidelines and Manuals
Security Committee - Meeting
The initial meeting of the FERC Security Committee was held during the 23rd USSD Annual Meeting and Conference in Charleston, South Carolina on April 4, 2003. The following items were discussed:
The consensus of Licensees who have completed Vulnerability and Security Assessments at their facilities
was that a "common sense approach" was most often used to complete their
Many Licensees expressed a desire for more detailed Threat Guidance from the Federal sector.
2006 UPDATE: This issue is being addressed by DHS.
A new Hydropower Vulnerability/Security Assessment (VA/SA) Procedure being developed at the
FERC was discussed. In general, the Committee members found this
procedure to be informative and helpful. Committee members will provide
additional comments regarding this procedure to the FERC by April 25, 2003.
Upon inclusion of all comments and suggestions form the Committee, this VA/SA
procedure will become available to all Hydropower Licensees.
2006 UPDATE: The procedure is complete (DAMSVR) as of December 17, 2003.
It was expressed that it is definitely beneficial to have a Security Representative from the utility
company present during the annual FERC Operation Inspection, especially for
Security Group 1 dams. Future FERC Operation Inspections for Security
Group 1 dams will specifically request Security participation during that part
of the inspection.
It was expressed that each Licensee should complete a review of their VA/SA data on a least a five year
It was determined that clearer guidance from the FERC is needed as to what is meant by "integration
of the EAP and Security". Similarly, further guidance on how EAPs can be
used to include security incidents would be helpful.