ID check progam for port security
| 05.17.2006 | 06:35:37 | Views: 2521 | ID:
May 17 '06: The Transportation Security Administration has published a report detailing terror attack mitigation measures, Reuters reported Wednesday. "In late April, DHS implemented the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program, which included name-based background checks on nearly 400,000 port workers in the United States," which was then "followed by a 275-page proposal detailing the program designed to deter people who pose a security threat from entering US ports."
The program would collect the personal information of port workers such as name, date of birth, address and phone number, as well as require all those working in unescorted areas to be screened by issuing a security clearance card, Government Technology reported Tuesday.Details of the TWIC program, according to the TSA site, would include three phases of testing. "The first two phases involved developing the plan for the program and evaluating the data storage technology. The third phase has tested the business procedures that include enrolling workers, conducting security assessment, issuing cards and daily usage of the credential." The TWIC program would also, "use Smart Card technology and include include," biometrics such as fingerprints and eye color. The card's clearance and fraud protection technology "would be consistent with Homeland Security" protocols outlined in an executive order, WashTech reported. By the end of 2006, more than 85,000 port workers are expected to be actively participating in the program. "This initial effort will include enrollment centers in 125 different ports located in 38 states," the TSA's site read. Reuters reported that there will be 45 days for the public to comment on the program "and four public meetings will be hosted by TSA and the US Coast Guard to solicit public input."
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