On January 23, the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a Follow-up Hearing on implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. As noted in the Summary of Subject Matter, there are a variety of issues related to the program, including pre-enrollment, escorting/monitoring, eligibility, and the waiver process.

Rear Admiral Brian Salerno, USCG, testified that the Coast Guard is working to develop card readers and to prepare for the national compliance date of September 25, 2008, when all mariners will have to have TWICs. Ms. Maurine Fanguy, TSA, testified that nearly 50,000 maritime workers have enrolled for the TWIC program and that the average enrollment time is about 10 minutes. Ms. Judith Marks, Lockheed Martin, testified that over 10,000 maritime workers have received and activated their TWICs and that enrollment is underway in 52 of the 147 planned port enrollment locations. Mr. John Porcari, Maryland Department of Transportation, testified that there have been some enrollment problems in the Port of Baltimore. Subcommittee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) issued a press release stating that he called upon Lockheed Martin to address problems with enrollment of maritime workers and upon the Coast Guard to establish clear procedures for implementation of the program.

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