Wednesday, April 15, 2020

TSA Announces COVID-19 Related TWIC Extensions

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) published an announcement in today’s Federal Register (85 FR 21017-21018) concerning the “Exemption To Extend the Expiration Date of Certain Transportation Worker Identification Credentials”. The TSA is providing a 180-day extension of all current TWICs that expire between April 10th, 2020 and July 31st, 2020.

The notice does reaffirm that:

“For the duration of the exemption, TSA will continue to recurrently vet the holders of the eligible TWIC®s against governmental watch lists for security threat, criminal history, and immigration status. TSA retains its full authority to suspend or immediately revoke an individual's TWIC® if the agency determines the holder is no longer eligible, in accordance with 49 CFR 1572.5(b) and 1572.19(c).”

Additional information can be found here on the TSA TWIC web site. Thanks to Laurie Thomas for pointing out this site.

NOTE: Today’s notice is very similar in wording to the notice last week giving States the authority to provide a similar extension to holders of Hazardous Materials Endorsements for commercial drivers licenses.

1 comment:

Laurie Thomas said...

You are quite welcome, Patrick. TSA spends some time talking about the "why" and the "how"- that 10% of TWICs are going to be expiring soon, and methods that TSA has to mitigate the risk of extending these expirations.

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