DHS regulatory plan could have big IT impact

The Homeland Security Department took another step toward administrative and systems maturity last week by publishing its semiannual regulatory agenda.

Dozens of regulations cited in the blueprint for administrative actions will affect the department's IT.

For example, DHS seeks to issue a regulation clarifying the handling of critical infrastructure information, which has been a crucial task of the department's Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate.

Citizenship and Immigration Services stated that its Interim Final Rule establishing procedures for electronic signatures on immigration applications would become effective on May 29.

The U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator System Program said that it planned to complete action by October on a new regulation to define categories of foreigners from whom it would collect biometric information.

The Coast Guard announced it would combine its planned regulation that would allow commercial vessels to use Electronic Charting and Display Systems rather than paper charts with another rule on navigation equipment.

The agenda appeared in the May 16 edition of the Federal Register.

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