TSA begins port worker ID enrollments

Program is bellwether for similiar federal initiatives

Ending a three-month delay, the Transportation Workers Identification Credential program is ready to begin enrollments of port workers on Oct. 16, the Homeland Security Department announced Thursday.

The department's Transportation Security Administration released a schedule of enrollments for 750,000 port workers at various ports, beginning with Wilmington, Del., on Oct. 16 and extending to 11 other ports.

The schedule was included in a 469-page revised final rule for TWIC published yesterday.

The long-awaited TWIC enrollment of marine employees is one of the first debuts of a large-scale U.S. government-issued biometric identification card under the Federal Information Processing Standard 201. Its success or failure could affect the status of several other FIPS-201 biometric identification programs in the works, including upcoming ID card programs for millions more transportation workers and federal government employees.

Federal contractors view the biometric identification card market as a major opportunity during the next several years due to programs such as TWIC and federal worker ID cards under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.

TWIC has been in development for at least three years. In 2006, it was determined that the biometric identification cards would conform to FIPS-201. In February 2007, Lockheed Martin Corp. was awarded a $70 million contract for issuing TWIC cards to 750,000 port workers. Under congressional order, the TWIC enrollments were to begin July 1 but were delayed until this month due to additional testing.

Initially, however, the TWIC cards will not be read by readers. In September, TSA announced it had adopted for the TWIC an industry specification for contactless readers with an encryption scheme. The agency said it would begin testing readers meeting those specifications.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close
SEARCH
contracts DB

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Read More

  • Is SBA MIA on contractor fraud? Nick Wakeman

    Editor Nick Wakeman explores the puzzle of why SBA has been so silent on the latest contractor fraud scandal when it has been so quick to act in other cases. Read More

Webcasts

  • How Do You Support the Project Lifecycle?

    How do best-in-class project-based companies create and actively mature successful organizations? They find the right mix of people, processes and tools that enable them to effectively manage the project lifecycle. REGISTER for this webinar to hear how properly managing the cycle of capture, bid, accounting, execution, IPM and analysis will allow you to better manage your programs to stay on scope, schedule and budget. Learn More!

  • Sequestration, LPTA and the Top 100

    Join Washington Technology’s Editor-in-Chief Nick Wakeman as he analyzes the annual Top 100 list and reveals critical insights into how market trends have impacted its composition. You'll learn what movements of individual companies means and how the market overall is being impacted by the current budget environment, how the Top 100 rankings reflect the major trends in the market today and how the biggest companies in the market are adapting to today’s competitive environment. Learn More!