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      senate Committees
      Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • The house Passed July 28th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 400 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      House Committee on Homeland Security
      Border and Maritime Security
      Transportation Security
    IntroducedSeptember 27th, 2013

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What is it?

This bill deals with the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Program. The TWIC program is an initiative of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard. The TWIC program gives

a tamper-resistant biometric credential to maritime workers requiring unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, outer continental shelf facilities, and vessels regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. 

If enacted, the bill would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct an assessment of the card program that included cost-effectiveness and effectiveness in reducing security risks. The card program has drawn fire following a Government of Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the $420 million program was unreliable. This followed a 2011 TSA report stating that over 26,000 of the cards were faulty, and a separate report by the National Employment Law Project finding that card applicants waited, on average, over two months to receive their cards, with some processing times topping fifteen months. 


The bill impacts the Transportation Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security, and maritime security.


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Essential Transportation Worker Identification Credential Assessment Act

Official Title

To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare a comprehensive security assessment of the transportation security card program, and for other purposes.

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