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The Department of Homeland Security Announces Voluntary Submittals of Critical Assets (including pipeline systems)

The Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of the Protected Critical Infrastructure Information (PCII) Program on February 20, 2004. The PCII Program is designed to encourage private industry and others with knowledge about our critical infrastructure to share confidential, proprietary, and business sensitive information about this critical infrastructure with the Government to assist the Nation in reducing its vulnerability to terrorist attacks. The Department will use PCII information in pursuit of a more secure Homeland, focusing primarily on analyzing and securing critical infrastructure and protected systems; developing risk assessments and vulnerabilities; and assisting with recovery. Critical infrastructure includes the assets and systems that, if disrupted, would threaten our national security, public health and safety, economy, and way of life. Although these industries, services and systems may be found in both the public and private sectors, the Department of Homeland Security estimates that more than 85 percent falls within the private sector.

The PCII Program Office has developed rigorous safeguarding and handling procedures to prevent unauthorized access to information submitted under this program. For more information regarding the PCII program and how to make submissions go to;=3230.