Ron Signorino has sent the following on the roll-out of the US Department Of Homeland Security’s Transport Worker Identification Credential:
“From our friends at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), we understand that the Department of Homeland Security has today announced the locations and time table for 12 initial ports where the TWIC program will be rolled out.
Cutting and pasting from AAPA’s communication:
“On October 3, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the locations and timetable for the first 12 ports where the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program will roll-out. TWICs will be required of all workers and others requiring unescorted access to seaports. The SAFE Port Act passed last year requires all workers to have TWICs by September 25, 2008.
Enrollment will begin in Wilmington, DE, on October 16. Workers will be able to pre-enroll for TWICs starting on October 9. Along with the start date for Wilmington, DHS also announced the next 11 ports that will begin enrolling in November.
- Corpus Christi, TX
- Baton Rouge, LA
- Beaumont, TX
- Honolulu, HI
- Oakland, CA
- Tacoma, WA
- Chicago/Calumet, IL
- Houston, TX
- Port Arthur, TX
- Providence, RI
- Savannah, GA
A full list of the 147 enrollment centers is available on AAPA’s website at http://aapa.files.cms-plus.com/PDFs/twic_fixed_enrollment_sites.pdf. A list of frequently asked questions about TWIC is also available at http://aapa.files.cms-plus.com/PDFs/TWIC%20FAQ%2010-02-07.pdf.
No further information is available on the roll-out of other ports, but ports should expect a quick roll-out after these initial 12 are started.
In other action, Senate and House committees are holding hearings this week and next on implementation of the SAFE Port Act and the implementation of TWIC. The House Homeland Security Committee sent out a press release earlier this week strongly criticizing DHS for the delays in the TWIC program.”