The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that enrollment of maritime workers for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) will commence: (1) in Hilo, HI on January 3; (2) in International Falls, MN; Ontonagon, MI; Morehead City, NC; and Huntington, WV on January 16; and (3) in Port Canaveral, FL on January 17. 72 Fed. Reg. 73040 (HK Law).
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation conducted a hearing on implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. Chairman Inouye (D-HI) expressed concern about the extended delays in activation of the program. Vice-Chairman Stevens (R-AK) stated that congressional tolerance for further missed deadlines is waning. Mr. Kip Hawley, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), provided an update on the TWIC program
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) selected a team led by Lockheed Martin to provide services for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Phase IV program under a task order-based contracting vehicle. Developed in response to vulnerabilities within the nation's transportation system, the TWIC program involves the rapid, nationwide deployment of biometric identification cards. Under the awarded task order, Lockheed Martin will enroll and
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) providing guidance for implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program in the maritime sector. The NVIC explains the enrollment and issuance process and provides clarification of the regulations. Full implementation of the TWIC program in the maritime sector is planned for September 25, 2008. After that date (and earlier at some facilities)
The Department of Homeland Security issued the TWIC Dashboard to provide point-in-time program information on enrollment and adjudication statistics and other relevant information relating to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. As of February 27, a total of 190,447 individuals had pre-enrolled and 120,148 individuals had completed the enrollment process. A total of 45,309 TWIC cards have been printed and, of these, 24,173 have been activated
Maritime Workers Applaud Congressional Passage, Presidential Signature of Coast Guard Bill. On behalf of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) and its 350 member companies, AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti thanked bipartisan leaders in Congress for passing and President Obama for signing the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act into law late last month. The bill contained several AWO-supported provisions
The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program is overly complex and could create the same delays for the maritime industry that recent changes in passport rules caused for American travelers, according to testimony by Offshore Marine Service Association Vice Chairman Otto Candies, III. Candies’ delivered his comments at a July 12 Congressional hearing. The hearing was held by the Coast Guard and Marine Transportation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and
Maritime Security and the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2008 For the past several years, maritime security has been on everyone's mind. From the halls of Congress to the longshoremen working the midnight shift, the threat of a possible terrorist attack on the maritime interests of the United States and dealing with new security requirements have kept this topic on the front burner. While most in the maritime industry are relatively aware of the legislation that has been
The U.S. Coast Guard public meetings concern the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) proposal. The meetings are scheduled in accordance with the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Requirements Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Background: The Coast Guard proposes to require owners and operators of certain vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard to use electronic readers designed to work with the Transportation Worker
Card reader technology is tested, proven and in use, nationwide. While the maritime industry awaits the Fed’s edict on MTSA, the solution already exists. The Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) requires that individuals needing unescorted access to MTSA-regulated Facilities and Vessels must first obtain a TWIC. To obtain a TWIC Card, an individual must meet certain eligibility requirements and pass a security threat assessment conducted by the Transportation Security
GAO finds it is broken, and now the question is; can it be fixed? Recently, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a scathing report on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) electronic reader pilot test and on the TWIC program in general
Limiting the use of Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) smart cards and readers will create significant security vulnerabilities in our maritime infrastructure, the Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council said in comments submitted this week to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Atsec announced the successful test of Schneider Electric’s PC3-TBR reader against the specifications set forth by the TWIC Reader Evaluation Program. Before vendors can sell their products to be used in the TWIC program, they have to undergo independent testing
Crowley Maritime Corporation has awarded six Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships: Firstly for two students at the University of North Florida (UNF), and secondly to four students at University of Washington’s (UW) Foster School of Business. University of North Florida
The Coast Guard announced the publication of a policy letter that exempts a number of mariners from the requirement to obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential when renewing or obtaining a Coast Guard-issued merchant mariner credential
Experience has clearly shown that the concept that the issuance of high-tech biometric transportation security cards, called the Transportation Worker Identification Credential or TWIC, could achieve these goals was fatally flawed from the beginning.
The House Homeland Security Committee today approved needed reforms to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program that would eliminate financial and logistical burdens faced by transportation workers under this federal security program.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice stating that, beginning in August, it will offer eligible holders of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) the opportunity to replace their expiring TWICs will three-year extended expiration date (EED) TWICs for a
Ivy Marine opts for Baker Lyman's Sub-Chapter M Solution & CORSAIR TVR v.2. Baker, Lyman & Co announced the enrollment of the first RCP Operator into the TSMS Transition Program. Ivy Marine of Daphane, AL, a red-flag carrier, entered the program earlier this month
Passenger Vessel Association Marks 10th Anniversary of Maritime Security Law; Calls for Reevaluation of TWIC. On the tenth anniversary of the enactment of the landmark Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) (Public Law 107-295)
Guidance Regarding Inspection and Certification of Vessels Under the Maritime Security Program; A Notice by the Coast Guard on 02/28/2013. Publication Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013 Agencies: Coast Guard / Department of Homeland Security
The U.S. Coast Guard announced the Federal Register's publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking entitled "Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) - Reader Requirements." This NPRM proposes to establish electronic card reader requirements for certain Coast
Carolyn Horgan, 2013 President for Passenger Vessel Association (PVA) commented on the Coast Guard's notice of proposed rulemaking on Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) readers: “PVA commends the Coast Guard for acknowledging, in its proposed rule, that virtually all U
Media are invited to attend the public meeting on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Requirements Notice of Proposed Rulemaking April 18, 2013. WHO: Personnel from the Office of Port and Facilities Compliance, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C
Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph A. Servidio is Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy overseeing Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards