In response to industry and other concerns regarding the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Rule, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) contracted with the RAND Corporation to conduct a second TWIC Reader Rule assessment. This assessment, which is nearing completion and will be shared with industry in the June 2022 timeframe, will (again) assess the TWIC Reader Rule’s costs, benefits, and overall risk reduction. The USCG could use the RAND Report as the basis for additional regulatory changes.
Against this backdrop, and with the May 8, 2023 compliance deadline looming, industry widely expects the USCG to exercise regulatory flexibility. As a result of compliance uncertainty since the USCG first published the TWIC Reader Rule in August 2016 among other reasons, the USCG understands that many affected facilities require more time to comply (and/or implement strategies to reduce the compliance burden). For its own part, the USCG also recognizes the need to raise awareness regarding the technical aspects of the rule. To support these efforts and increase dialogue on these topics, the American Chemistry Council and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers hosted the 8th Coast Guard District Commander and other senior USCG personnel at a Louisiana chemical facility in March 2022. The success of the event will spur future engagements.