The Transportation Worker Identification Credential program
kicked off Monday with enrollment at one Delaware port.
A spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration
told "Land Line Now" on XM Satellite Radio Monday that the TWIC program is
right on schedule.
But lo and behold, Congressional
Quarterly reports that it's not on schedule at all.
CQ reports that
workers at Delaware's Port of Wilmington were supposed to start enrolling for
TWIC cards today - but that the feds are saying "technical difficulties" kept
that from happening.
One port official said, "It's certainly not an auspicious
The background checks will be required of more than 750,000
port employees, longshoremen, mariners, truckers and others who require
unescorted access to secure areas of the ports.
TWIC applicants will undergo a comprehensive background
check that looks at criminal history records, terrorist watch lists,
immigration status and outstanding wants and warrants.
The final rule outlines disqualifying crimes, enrollment
process, usage procedures, fees and other requirements, according to the press
release from the Department of Homeland Security.
TWIC enrollment was planned to initially at a small number
of ports and be phased in nationally throughout the year. Notices regarding
enrollment dates at various ports around the country are to be posted to the Federal Register 90 days before the
enrollment period opens.
- By Land Line staff