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TWICs face yet another roadblock

The TWICs were the result of concern about the vulnerability of the maritime industry and security of the nation’s ports following 9/11 and the Transportation Security Administration began rolling out TWICs in 2007, despite the fact that the technology to read the biometrically enabled credentials was not available at the time.

The Trucker Staff

12/12/2012

The tragically flawed TWIC security cards — once thought to be the only ID port truckers and other transportation workers would ever need — has hit another in a series of roadblocks, this time from the U.S. Department of Defense.

In a Federal Register notice published Monday, Dec. 10, the DOD stated that TWIC or Transportation Worker Identification Credential cards, don’t meet its standards and can’t be used for DOD website systems as of Jan. 29, 2013.

The DOD determined that the TWICs “cannot be used to authenticate users for access to DOD website systems,” the notice stated, adding that the DOD had “not established a trust relationship with Homeland Security/TSA.”

The TWICs were the result of concern about the vulnerability of the maritime industry and security of the nation’s ports following 9/11 and the Transportation Security Administration began rolling out TWICs in 2007, despite the fact that the technology to read the biometrically enabled credentials was not available at the time.

And the system was fraught with other headaches, not the least of which was a GAO report that said GAO was able to obtain authentic TWICs using fraudulent IDs and gain access to ports using counterfeit TWICs.

And despite the ease with which GAO obtained fraudulent TWICs, truckers have reported red tape and long waits in trying to obtain their cards.

The Federal Register says more information may be found here.

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