Congresswoman says no to TWIC reader program final rule

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, said that the Coast Guard should not adopt a final rule for electronic TWIC readers until a security assessment of the effectiveness of using the TWIC can be completed.

In her June 19 comments submitted to the docket on the Coast Guard’s proposed rule on electronic readers for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential, Hanabusa wrote that the “implementation of mandatory readers at high security port facilities may be contrary to what they are intended to do, as the readers would likely lead to the removal of other security precautions at the facilities, while coming at a substantial cost to taxpayers. Actions such as the elimination of trained security guards have already [been]outlined by terminal operators if the TWIC reader program moves forward.” 

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