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house Bill H.R. 710

I'm Locked Out of My Boat Again: A Report to Make Sure TSA Security Cards Work

Argument in favor

These security cards are of both great cost and importance to taxpayers, and their functionality is vital.

Gay's Opinion
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02/11/2015
WE need this to work and have to start somewhere. I'm tired of hearing the cost to tax dollars where Obama is either on the golf course or his wife and all her friends go to Spain on my dollar.
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Sue's Opinion
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02/18/2015
WE REALLY NEED THIS PROTECTION, IT WILL PROTECT OUR PROPERTY AS WELL AS OUR LIVES....
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nan's Opinion
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07/28/2015
We need private companies to run TSA. The workers are depressed, some are disinterested and abusive. But, we do need the TSA system.
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Argument opposed

The TSA security card system is a fiasco that needs a bigger overhaul than a DHS-prepared report.

Loraki's Opinion
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07/11/2016
Egads! WHO IS PRODUCING THESE TWIC CARDS?! Millions of us rely on ICCs in our credit or debit cards. I haven't seen anything in the news about them not working. It really makes me wonder who got the government contract to produce the TSA's security cards! It reminds me of the ACA's software fiasco. But when you add this card problem to the other problems with the TSA that have made headlines, it's no wonder that Americans want to see the TSA done away with! And just THINK of all the taxpayers' money that we'd save!
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John's Opinion
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06/26/2015
Shut down the TSA. Stop Spending. we are 18 TRILLION in debt!!
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Erik's Opinion
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05/28/2015
tsa needs to be eliminated, spending needs to be cut everywhere we can
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What is House Bill H.R. 710?

This bill deals with the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Program. The TWIC program is an initiative of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard. The TWIC program offers:
"a tamper-resistant biometric credential to maritime workers requiring unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, outer continental shelf facilities, and vessels regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002." 

If enacted, this bill would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct an assessment of the card program — including an assessment of the cost-effectiveness and reduction of security risks. 


The TWIC program has drawn criticism following a Government of Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the $420 million program was unreliable. This followed a TSA report in 2011 stating that found over 26,000 of the cards were faulty, and a separate report by the National Employment Law Project finding that card applicants waited, on average, over two months to receive their cards — with some processing times topping fifteen months. 

Impact

Maritime workers, people who need security clearance to port facilities, the TSA, and the TWIC program.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 710

$1.50 Million
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable. However, a CBO estimate of a previous version of this bill (H.R. 3202) found that it would cost about $1.5 million in 2015.

More Information

Of Note: 

Getting a TWIC card involves giving up biographic and biometric information like fingerprints, a digital photograph, and successfully passing a security threat assessment performed by the TSA.

As of May 2014, at least 2,999,058 people had enrolled in the program.

Media: 

CBO Cost Estimate (Previous Bill Version)


(FWC) Public Sector Media Group (Context)

AKA

Essential Transportation Worker Identification Credential Assessment Act

Official Title

To require the Secretary of Homeland Security to prepare a comprehensive security assessment of the transportation security card program, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • EnactedDecember 16th, 2016
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 10th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed February 11th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations
      Committee on Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 4th, 2015

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