HS Today interviews Catalyst Partners’ Dave McWhorter about the progress that the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology (SAFETY) Act has made since its enactment in 2003.

SAFETY Act Reaches Milestone – HS Today

Liability protection, as offered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for products and services intended to combat terrorism recently reached a milestone of 275 individual offerings covered.

The Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technology (SAFETY) Act has come a long way since its implementation in 2003, providing liability coverage to a good mix of small and large companies in a field fairly evenly divided between goods and services, noted Dave McWhorter, a principal with Catalyst Partners.

“I’m surprised that there aren’t a lot more technologies covered under the act, but the ones there are a good mix of everything,” McWhorter told

On 9/11, McWhorter worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses, which was contacted by elements of DHS for assistance implementing the SAFETY Act after Congress passed it. He was involved in creating the original application kit, producing an evaluation process for applications, and other tasks to get the Act off the ground. He now works as a consultant for companies working with the SAFETY Act, among other homeland security issues.

McWhorter believes the SAFETY Act serves a vital purpose, particularly since improvements to the Act carried out by a regulation in 2006.

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