Naval Station Norfolk Shooting Suspect Had Valid TWIC

The suspect identified today by the U.S. Navy as the civilian shooter in Monday night's killing of a Navy sailor at Naval Station Norfolk had a valid Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), but investigators are still looking into how the man was able to gain access the base. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) has identified Jeffrey Tyrone Savage … [Read more...]

GAO Audit Questions TWIC Reader Pilot Program

A U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of the TWIC card reader pilot program calls into question the program's premise and effectiveness in enhancing security after the results were found to be unreliable. GAO's review of the pilot test, which was launched in 2009, aimed at assessing the technology and operational impact of using the Transportation Security … [Read more...]

Thousands of Issued TWIC Cards Won’t Work Due to an Issuing ‘Error’

Not that many of you needed another reason to hate the TWIC program, but here it comes anyway. The TSA managed to issue thousands of TWIC cards that probably don't work. Some 26,000 holders of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential may not be able to use their cards at an electronic reader because of an encoding error, the Transportation Security … [Read more...]

Federal Investigators Breach Ports With Counterfeit TWICs

From day one the Department of Homeland Security's TWIC program has faced opposition from mariners and security experts who have raised questions about its security features (like biometrics). Today the government accountability office has released a 64 page report targeted at the question "To what extent has DHS assessed the effectiveness of TWIC, and does the Coast Guard have … [Read more...]

Lloyd’s List – TWIC ‘US security rule is a curse on seafarers’

I am certain that there are no shortage of TWIC card ‘victims' out there. Back in February, I posted a commentary by Dr. John A.C. Cartner (website), published in Lloyd's List. you can read my post here: 'Lloyd's List – TWIC ‘Identity card is US' maritime hobgoblin'' Well, Dr. Cartner is back again with another hard hitting commentary on the disaster that is … [Read more...]