WASHINGTON, D.C. – Concerned over the slow timeline of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) implementation of the one visit policy for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), Alaskan Congressman Don Young joined Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) and 47 other House Members in writing TSA Administrator John Pistole asking for the reforms to be implemented within the 270 days mandated by Congress. Recent reports from the TSA indicate that the TWIC one visit policy requirement will not be fully implemented until the fall of 2014.
“Last year I was pleased to see the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 signed into law, which included a provision requiring the TSA to eliminate the need for Alaskans to visit a TWIC processing center twice to receive the security card. However, I am dismayed to learn that the TSA has failed to meet the 270 day deadline Congress gave the agency to implement this new law,” Rep. Young said.
“I join many of Alaska’s port and various maritime workers, who are required to obtain this security card in order to work, in saying that this delay by the TSA is unacceptable. It is imperative that the agency fully implement these reforms as soon as possible so that thousands of transportation workers across the nation can spend less time traveling to TWIC offices and more time working to put food on their families tables.”
Section 709 of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-213) directed TSA, within 270 days, to reform the process for TWIC enrollment, activation, issuance, and renewals to require no more than one in-person visit to an enrollment center.
The letter to Administrator Pistole can be found here: http://1.usa.gov/14hFZrb