Miller to Examine the Future of the TWIC Program

Jun 17, 2013 Issues: Maritime Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, chaired by Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), will conduct the following hearing tomorrow.

TUESDAY, June 18 at 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security

Threat, Risk and Vulnerability: The Future of the TWIC Program

311 Cannon House Office Building

Witness List:

  • Rear Admiral Joseph A. Servidio, Assistant Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard
  • Mr. Steve Sadler, Assistant Administrator, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Transportation Security Administration
  • Mr. Stephen M. Lord, Director, Forensic Audits and Investigative Services, U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Captain Marcus Woodring, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.), Managing Director, Health, Safety, Security and Environmental, Port of Houston Authority

Subcommittee Chairman Miller (R-MI) on the hearing: “After 9/11, Congress passed sweeping maritime transportation security legislation to address several security vulnerabilities within our nation’s maritime and transportation sectors.  Among the provisions was a requirement for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a secure biometric access credential for individuals who operate or maintain our maritime facilities and vessels.  The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) was created and implemented to prevent terrorists from gaining access to sensitive parts of the nation’s ports; however, more than decade later, the TWIC card is currently no more than an expensive flash pass and is not being used as originally designed.  Recently, a U.S. Government Accountability Office report called into question the security value of the TWIC program stating, ‘Eleven years after initiation, DHS has not demonstrated how, if at all, TWIC will improve maritime security.’ 

“Millions of dollars of previously allocated and future grant spending are predicated on the TWIC providing a tangible security benefit at the nation’s ports and maritime facilities.  The purpose of this hearing is to assess the security value of the TWIC card as well as chart the future of this troubled program.”

* Opening statements, witness testimony, and live video will be available here.

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