U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, will hold a hearing on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 10:00am entitled, "Threat, Risk and Vulnerability: The Future of the TWIC Program."
Chairman Miller said: "After 9/11, Congress passed sweeping maritime transportation security legislation to address several security vulnerabilities within our nation's maritime and transportation sectors. Among the provisions was a requirement for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a secure biometric access credential for individuals who operate or maintain our maritime facilities and vessels. The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) was created and implemented to prevent terrorists from gaining access to sensitive parts of the nation's ports; however, more than decade later, the TWIC card is currently no more than an expensive flash pass and is not be used as originally designed. Recently, a U.S. Government Accountability Office report called into question the security value of the TWIC program stating, "Eleven years after initiation, DHS has not demonstrated how, if at all, TWIC will improve maritime security.'
"Millions of dollars of previously allocated and future grant spending are predicated on the TWIC providing a tangible security benefit at the nation's ports and maritime facilities. The purpose of this hearing is to assess the security value of the TWIC card as well as chart the future of this troubled program."