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TSA Working on Transportation Worker Credential

The Transportation Security Administration is preparing a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program to create a universal credential to be used as a means to enhance access control for individuals requiring unescorted access to secure areas of the national transportation system. This program is intended to apply to pipelines. Comments are due by June 4, 2004. TSA specifies that the participation in the program is voluntary, although it appears to be voluntary by facility participant, not by employee. Volunteers will provide TSA with employee information such as (a) Individual’s name, (b) other identifying data to include address, phone number, social security number, date of birth, and place of birth, (c) company, organization, or affiliation, (d) biometric data and digital photograph, and (e) access level information. In a second phase, random surveys will be distributed to employees at participating facilities to judge employee satisfaction and credential effectiveness. The information collected under this proposal will be used to operate and evaluate the TWIC system during the Prototype Phase. For the complete stakeholder briefing on TWIC go to The complete proposal is available on RCP’s website here.