The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program will finally roll out at its first port, the Port of Wilmington in Delaware, on October 16.
TWIC applies to any port workers, longshoremen, truckers, and other workers with unescorted access to secure areas of ports and vessels. It requires that workers undergo a background check and provide biometric data.
The TWIC rollout date announcement has been long-awaited; the program was supposed to have already been implemented at the nation's top ten ports by July 1, 2007, but the rollout was delayed several times due in part to technical problems. The program has been the subject of several congressional hearings and will be at the center of another hearing on October 18.
DHS also announced the TWIC implementation dates for 11 other ports that will be enrolling in the plan through November.
Read more about TWIC in the upcoming November issue of Security Management magazine.