Update on Movement of Electric Layers back to HIFLD Open Platform

Submitted by MATTHEW.PAGAN on Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:27

On 24 April 2018, four Electric Layers were moved from the HIFLD Open platform into the HIFLD Secure platform out of concerns raised by a member of the HIFLD Community. These layers included the following:

1.       Natural Gas Receipt Delivery Points
2.       Electric Substations
3.       Power Plants
4.       Natural Gas Interconnects

Since that time, the HIFLD Executive Secretariat has worked extensively with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Interior (DOI), Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and with their respective General Counsels to determine what, if any, unclassified data handling changes could be applied to either the individual data sets or in compilation. As of this writing, no changes have been applied; all data sets remain unclassified for public use. Therefore, in compliance with recently passed Public Laws (PL) 115-435 and 115-254 on making geospatial data public and open, the HIFLD Subcommittee will be re-publishing these energy data sets into the Federal Geospatial Platform under the HIFLD Open homepage on 31 May 2019. This ensures that data is available for use and planning for first responders and local governments for  the upcoming 2019 hurricane season and beyond.

As part of complying with PL 115-435 and 115-254 CISA is leading a study to evaluate all HIFLD data sets to determine what, if any, risks are present and what, if any, changes should be applied to how HIFLD data is managed.

We realize this is a sensitive issue with multiple viewpoints. We thank you for your continued patience and partnership and look forward to working with all of you to ensure the safety and security of our nation.

If you have further questions, please reach out to the HIFLD inbox: HIFLD@hq.dhs.gov.


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