The Chlorine Institute is a sitting member of the Chemical Sector Security Council. The Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) is one of 18 critical infrastructure committees that were established under the protection afforded by the Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC). The purpose of the CSCC is to facilitate effective coordination between federal infrastructure protection programs with the infrastructure protection activities of the private sector and of state, local, territorial and tribal governments. Pursuant to the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Council helps to facilitate strategic planning and effective discussion of critical infrastructure issues and to provide appropriate protection for sensitive critical infrastructure information while also observing appropriate public disclosure procedures for the Council.
The Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) consists of chemical industry trade associations and owner/operators who are committed to enhancing the physical and cybersecurity of the sector. The Department of Homeland Security, other federal agencies and other critical infrastructure sectors recognize the Council as a focal point for activities relating to chemical sector security. Among the Council's goals are helping the federal government understand the sector's security priorities, coordinating policy decisions with the government and representing the sector in discussions with other infrastructure sectors and government agencies.
In November 2011, an internal memorandum by the director of DHS’s Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD) was leaked to the media revealing risks to the programs. In a report delivered to the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is making progress in correcting mismanagement of its Chemical Security Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. The GAO report focuses primarily on the internal memorandum (i.e., how it was developed and what challenges it found) as well as the related action plan (i.e., what corrective actions are underway and what is their status).