Today, Congresswoman Laura Richardson, member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, announced her support for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) renewal policy revision released by the Transportation Security Administration. The new program will begin in August and provide a new, less-costly and burdensome option for the Nation's transportation and port security workers.
"I commend the Transportation Security Administration for the revisions they announced today. I have two large ports in my district and therefore this is an issue that will affect many of my constituents. This decision will lessen the burden placed on the port and transportation security workers around the country," said Congresswoman Richardson.
Over the past five years around 2.1 million longshoremen, merchant marines, truckers and rail and vessel crew members have undergone extensive background checks and paid a $132.50 fee to obtain a TWIX. Under the current law workers would be required to go through the time and expense of renewing their TWICs this October, even though DHS has made little progress over the past five years in establishing standards to deploy the biometric readers needed to properly read the TWICS.
The joint TSA-USCG announcement stated that U.S. Citizens who have a TWIC that expires before the end of 2014 will have the option of paying only $60 to obtain a 3-year Extended Expiration Date (EED) card, instead of the standard 5-yar TWIC card. Workers who choose the EED will also only have to take one trip to the enrollment center to activate their card, instead of having to make two trips under the standard TWIC.