On Thursday the Office of Management and Budget approved the TSA’s request for a renewal of the information collection request that supports the Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC) application process. OMB approved the ICR, but only until October 31st of this year.
This renewal was requested last summer and would normally have resulted in a three year approval of the ICR. Because of the recently announced change in the TWIC renewal requirements OMB provided only a temporary extension of the ICR noting that:
“TSA should submit an Emergency Information Collection Request, to reflect changes to the program and burden hours that will result from the Exemption Notice published in the Federal Register on June 19, 2012 (49 CFR Part 1572 [Docket No. TSA–2006–24191]).”
The long time period between the submission of this ICR and its limited approval indicates that the OMB has long been aware of the DHS intention to provide some sort of relief on the TWIC renewal process pending the eventual approval of a TWIC Reader rule.