Thursday, February 24, 2011

OMB Approves Interim Guidance on TWIC Readers

Today the web site reported that the Office of Management and Budget approved the ‘pre-rule’ document for the Coast Guard’s TWIC Reader Rule. Readers might remember that back in January, I reported this being submitted to OMB as the TWIC Reader NPRM. Fortunately an alert reader, John C.W. Bennett, pointed out that what had been erroneously reported by OMB as the TWIC NPRM was actually an interim user guidance document providing guidance on the use of TWIC Readers pending the completion of the rule making process.

The document was reported ‘consistent with change’ which means that minor changes were requested by OMB. We would expect to see the final version of this ‘interim guidance’ document posted in the Federal Register in anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months.

The last that I heard was that the target date of November for the publication of the NPRM is still looking possible.

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