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PCS passes the two-year mark and continue their efforts as a premier consulting firm in the NERC Reliability Compliance arena. PCS has guided many entities through successful audits with “no findings” and assisted clients, having existing gaps in compliance, with their mitigation efforts offering a complete suite of services from mock audits to program development, including compliance management and strategies.

The Proven Compliance Solutions (PCS) team recently passed the two year mark as a company. Today they continue their efforts as a premier consulting firm in the NERC Reliability Compliance arena. The past two years have been exciting for this young company which is built on experienced industry leaders/now consultants. Whether assisting in preparation for an audit or assisting entities with compliance initiatives, PCS follows the latest industry developments. PCS remains step for step with the evolving TO/TOP registration requirements for GO/GOP entities, changes to the CIP standards Version 4 and pending Version 5, and the PER changes which are quickly approaching. PCS has increased both the awareness of, and has assisted with quality development and implementation of Internal Compliance Programs that address all the established criteria whether regional, NERC or FERC.

PCS provides expert compliance support to clients throughout all of North America. Basing its efforts on company registrations rather than organizational size, the team’s operations experience, expertise and the PCS approach to resolving compliance issues makes them the right choice and has their clients calling back time and time again. Company President Crystal Musselman said, “Thank you to all who have supported PCS these past two years. We strive to continue making a positive difference for entities choosing our support for any needs related to NERC Reliability Compliance.”

PCS has provided Subject Matter Expert Training and on-site support during several regional audits delivering both clarity and confidence throughout the audit. PCS has guided many entities through successful audits with “no findings” and assisted clients, having existing gaps in compliance, with their mitigation efforts. Said Vice President Francis Esselman, “PCS would be quite unhappy if an audit team provided an ‘unwanted surprise’ to our client’s staff, which is exactly why we do a true deep dive with regard to procedures and evidence."

Proven Compliance Solutions leads the industry for excellence in all aspects of NERC compliance support. Our clients and regional audit results provide the testimony! PCS is a recognized leader and one-stop-shop for any electric industry participant’s NERC Reliability needs. PCS offers a complete suite of services from mock audits to program development, including compliance management and strategies.

PCS Consultants are committed to keeping up with the latest reliability compliance issues. Our consultants will be attending several upcoming events (listed below). Be sure to look us up and say hello. We’re excited to share how PCS can help you with your NERC Electric Reliability Compliance needs!

  • Ryan Carlson will be attending the September 18-19, 2012 NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC) meeting in St. Louis, MO.
  • Dale Zahn will be attending the October 2-3, 2012 RFC Reliability Workshop in Cleveland, OH.
  • Anita Swanson and Crystal Musselman will be attending the October 15-16, 2012 WECC CUG & WICF meetings in San Diego, CA.
  • Ryan Carlson will be attending the October 16-18, 2012 2nd Annual NERC Grid Security Conference in San Diego, CA.
  • Jason Phillips will be attending the October 17, 2012 WECC CIPUG meeting in San Diego, CA.
  • Ryan Carlson and Dale Zahn will be participating in the November 1-2, 2012 North American Generator Forum (NAGF) Conference in Atlanta, GA.

A number of clients have asked me if they should adopt the NERC CIP Version 4 'Brightline Criteria' into their NERC CIP Version 3 Risk-Based Assessment Methodology (RBAM), so I thought I would share my thoughts.  PCS attends several of the Regional CIP compliance user group meetings, and has heard repeatedly from regional audit teams and recently audited utilities that they should NOT adopt the brightline criteria until CIP Version 4 officially becomes effective.  The reason:  CIP-002-3 R1 requires that Responsible Entities have a "risk-based" (essentially impact-based) assessment methodology to identify Critical Assets.  While risk and impact were taken into account by the drafting team in creating the generic criteria used to identify Critical Assets in CIP Version 4, the criteria were not based on the impact of your assets on the Bulk Electric System.  Should you begin analyzing the impact of CIP Version 4 on your Critical Asset List?....Absolutely.  In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of the CIP Version 3 flight.  CIP Version 4 will be here before you know it.

Today WECC issued its 2013 Compliance Audit Schedule.  If you'd like to download a copy, it is located in WECC's Compliance Library at http://www.wecc.biz/compliance/United_States/Pages/default.aspx.

PCS provides excellent audit preparation, education, and support services to our clients.  We have assisted clients both prior to and during their actual on-site and/or off-site audits.  If you'd like more information, please feel free to email or give us a call! 

PCS team member Dale Zahn is attending the NPCC Spring 2012 Compliance and Standards Workshop that is being held in Cooperstown, New York, May 30 - June 1, 2012.  Be sure to look him up.  He'll be happy to share with you what PCS is doing in the industry and how we can help you with your Reliability Compliance needs.

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