State & Regional Issues
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Legislation & Rules
Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR),
Federal Register March 27, 2009
Under the ANPR, MTSA-regulated facilities would be assigned to one of three risk
tiers. Most terminals would be part of Group B, which include facilities that
handle vessels carrying hazardous materials or flammable/combustible liquids.
Group B facilities would be required to have a TWIC card reader at every gate.
All unescorted personnel would be required to scan their TWIC and would only be
required to use biometric verification at MARSEC Level 1 on randomly selected
periods during the month. At MARSEC Level 2 and 3, all personnel would be
required to verify their biometric identity once per day. Facilities that
dangerous cargos” would be in the highest risk tier and would
require more extensive use of biometrics.
33 CFR 125
This rule requires
Coast Guard Captains of the Port to prevent access to waterfront facilities to
persons that do not have appropriate identification credentials. It also
explains the acceptable identification documents.
Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), Title
I: Maritime Transportation Security, Sec. 102 Port Security, November 25, 2002
MTSA requires DHS to
issue a “biometric transportation security credential to … individuals who
require unescorted access to secure areas of … facilities.” To obtain the
Credential, the individuals must pass a security threat assessment, which
includes a review of criminal, immigration, and pertinent intelligence records.
Updates, Comments & Other Reports
On May 26, ILTA submitted
comments on the Coast
Guard’s Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the TWIC Reader
Requirements. ILTA recommends that Coast Guard:
the option to incorporate TWIC into existing physical access control systems
at MARSEC Level 1;
Allow the use
of visual identification as a valid biometric match;
use of a personal identification number;
Reduce the risk
characterization of asphalt cement; and,
duration of record retention requirements.
The Coast Guard has released a
list of TWIC readers that have successfully completed Initial Capability
Evaluation (ICE) testing. TWIC readers that have successfully completed Initial
Capability Evaluation (ICE) testing. A proposed rule for readers is expected in
2009. There will be a comment period prior to implementation. ILTA will add a
new web page for information relating to the TWIC reader rule once the proposed
rule is announced.
Related ILTA Articles
ILTA provides a monthly
newsletter to its membership. Members may log in to the Member Resources page to
access archived newsletters. The following is a list of articles ILTA has
published in its newsletter relating to the Transportation Worker Identification
Credential Card Reader.
GAO Finds Numerous Weaknesses
in the TWIC Program, June 2011 Issue (p.4)
USCG Updates Policy on Incorporating TWIC Into
Existing Access Control Systems,
Coast Guard Issues
Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on TWIC Card Readers,
April 2009 Issue (p. 2)