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TWIC Program Assessment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has published a report on the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program titled “DHS’ and TSA’s Compliance with Public Law 114-278, Transportation Security Card Program Assessment.”
In the report, the OIG determined that DHS delayed commissioning a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness of the TWIC Program in enhancing security and reducing security risks.  While Public Law 114-278 required a TWIC Program assessment to begin no later than 60 days after its enactment, DHS did not award a work order for the assessment for more than a year after the deadline.

The OIG also found that TSA only partially complied with other requirements mandated by the public law. Specifically, TSA did not: (1) identify best practices for quality assurance at every stage of the security threat assessment in its risk analysis; or (2) provide sufficient documentation or clearly state how it would address all recommended additional internal controls identified in the risk analysis.