The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration has removed specific fee amounts from regulations regarding security threat assessments and credentialing for hazardous materials endorsements and Transportation Worker Identification Credentials.
These provisions include state collection of the HME fee, TSA collection of the HME fee and collection of the TWIC fee. Removing specific fee references will allow the TSA to have more flexibility to lower or increase fees as necessary to meet the statutory obligation to recover its costs. Current fee amounts, as identified in these sections, will remain unchanged until any future revisions to fee schedules.
Approximately 2 million workers, including U.S. Coast Guard-credentialed merchant mariners, port facility employees, longshoremen, truck drivers and others requiring unescorted access to secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act must successfully complete a security threat assessment and hold a TWIC in order to enter secure port areas without an escort.