Transportation worker ID program floundering, GAO says

| May 15, 2013

In a report released last week, the Government Accountability Office said that the Transportation Worker Identification Card Program is flopping, even though millions of dollars have been invested into the program over the course of 11 years.

The program was part of the Maritime Transportation Security Act that became law in 2002. It was designed to create more security for MTSA-protected ports and facilities by ensuring workers — like truck drivers — who need access to to secure areas have tamper-resistant credentials for entrance.

Last week, the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations heard testimony from the GAO about the program. More than 2.5 million card holders are part of the TWIC program, and about half are truckers.

At the hearing last week, GAO representatives recommended that Congress delay finalizing regulations until more effectiveness by the ID program can be actualized.

For the full story on the GAO and its recommendations on the program, see Overdrive sister site CCJ‘s report.