Murkowski gains DHS commitment on Alaskan TWIC issues
Senator Lisa Murkowski Dec. 13 met with Transportation Security Administration Chief John S. Pistole and U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral Neffenger to discuss her concerns about the burdensome requirements for Alaskans seeking to renew their Transportation Worker Identification Cards (TWIC) – objections she raised in a Nov. 21 letter to the Department of Homeland Security.
“Getting a security card renewed for your job shouldn’t require hundreds of dollars worth of plane tickets and all that time away from work,” said Murkowski. “I was pleased to hear a commitment from DHS, TSA, and USCG regarding their plans to ease the burdens associated with the TWIC program. Administrator Pistole traveled to Alaska and visited a TWIC enrollment center, and he assured me he understands the unique challenges Alaska TWIC holders face.”
In the hour-long meeting, Senator Murkowski and the federal officials discussed ways DHS is working to ease those challenges, including allowing current TWIC holders to request extended expiration date (EED) TWICs. EEDs are three-year temporary TWICs available to many individuals with a TWIC that expires on or before Dec. 31, 2014 for the price of $60.
“It was also encouraging to hear that DHS is already planning how it will implement the provision in the Coast Guard Authorization bill we just passed yesterday to reform the TWIC program so that only one in-person visit to a designated enrollment center is required,” said Murkowski.