The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a new update on the TWIC program, showing that more people have enrolled than the government expected. TWIC cards are required for access to the nation’s ports.
The latest numbers show more than 1.3 million enrollments compared with past predictions of 800,000.
OOIDA regulatory affairs specialist Joe Rajkovacz says the greater-than-expected TWIC enrollment comes as no surprise.
“OOIDA told TSA before this program ever got off the ground that they were vastly underestimating the population of truck drivers and other workers who would be required to have TWIC,” Rajkovacz said. “As a result of a serious backlog in 2008, thousands of workers lost or were delayed work, and it created nightmares for many.”
– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer
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