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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.

  • No Reform

    Soon they will inbed a micro chip into the trucker’s body and then to show you are “chipped” they Brand 666 on the driver’s forehead. This will ensure the obediant drone, slaveboy punk is in compliance with the Goevernment Rules!

  • No Reform

    Yes sir no sir….they demand a whimpering mass of obediant jelly behind the wheel today.

  • Dave W.

    I think in all the years I’ve held a TWIC card, no one has EVER asked to see it. The last time we actually had to use the card for entrance was a port we recently went to a few weeks ago which required the card to be scanned. And if its purpose is port security, that’s a complete joke.

  • Chuck B

    if the goverment is involved, then it is flawed to begin with. enough said

  • Rhonda Adams

    You are dead on!!!! Scary but unless we do something to stop it we the independents are on the way out!!!!

  • No Reform

    Technology being used by this gestapo CSA
    is on the rise….Dash Cams pointed at the driver, Speed Limiters, Electro Logs, Satelite Monitoring……making trucking miseable for sure!

  • localnet

    Eleven years eh? Sounds about right…

  • martymarsh

    Right on the money, the sad part is they are getting it.

  • martymarsh

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