Week Ahead for the House Homeland Security Committee - June 17-21, 2013

Jun 14, 2013 Issues: Border Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Homeland Security Committee has announced the following hearing for next week.

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
Invited Witnesses Include:

  • 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

Subcommittee Chairman Candice 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.”

*The live video of the hearing will be available here.

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