The Coast Guard will host a public meeting May 6 to receive comments on proposed rules about the use of electronic readers for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential.
The meeting is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sheraton Crystal City hotel in Arlington, Va. The Coast Guard announced that it would hold the meeting when it published a preliminary rule on March 27, but said the date and location would be announced later.
Interested parties have until May 26 to file written comments on the Coast Guard’s notice of proposed rule-making. There also will be provisions in Tuesday’s Federal Register for filing comments before the May 6 meeting.
The Coast Guard is proposing that port facilities would be required to use TWIC readers based on a facility’s vulnerability to attack, and the overall threat level that the agency would impose in time of emergency.
The TWIC reader is designed to read data embedded on the TWIC to determine if a card holder will be given unescorted access to a secure area.
A pilot test of readers is under way at several ports. The Coast Guard said that final technical specifications for readers will be based on information gathered from the field tests.