ALGOMARINE at Menominee, 2012

ALGOMARINE at Menominee, 2012
ALGOMARINE at Menominee, 2012. Courtesy Dick Lund

Friday, November 21, 2014

End of TWIC Extended Expiration Date (EED) Program


TSA TWIC administrators have been publicly stating that the EED program is at an end. Today the official announcement was posted on the TSA website. It should be noted that the deadline to take advantage of this program - which I do not support because it does not include any updated background review - is December 23.
"End of Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWICs: The opportunity to obtain an Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC ends this year.  After December 31, 2014 current TWIC holders will no longer be able to obtain a replacement card extending the expiration date of their current TWIC by three years.  Since August 2012, U.S. citizens and U.S. Nationals holding a TWIC expiring on or before December 31, 2014 could obtain an EED TWIC by placing their order before their current card expires and paying the $60 card replacement fee.  The EED TWIC option will end as scheduled at the end of this year and will not be extended or renewed.
Eligible TWIC holders who wish to obtain an EED TWIC should place their order as soon as possible.  There is no benefit in delaying an EED card order since the EED expiration date is based on the expiration date of the currently held TWIC; not when the order is placed.  Orders should be placed prior to December 23rd to ensure processing prior to the end of the program.
EED TWICs can be ordered on line here; by calling the TWIC Call Center at (855) 347-8371 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Eastern Time; or by visiting a Universal Enrollment Service Center (to find a location click here or call the TWIC Call Center)."   

Monday, October 20, 2014

U. S, Coast Guard has Issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 17- 14 dated October 17, 2014 Ebola Virus Precautions

The U. S, Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 17- 14 dated October 17, 2014 Ebola Virus Precautions – Update at  https://www.uscg.mil/msib/

“The purpose of this Bulletin is to provide an update to the maritime industry with respect to assessing Ebola risks and the responsibility of vessel/facility agents, owners, masters, operators, Area Maritime Security Committee members, and persons to immediately report potential communicable disease hazards to the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

The MSIB includes key points to remember concerning Ebola.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Truncated Last Name on TWIC Card: Names Limited to 19 Characters

Recently, TSA posted the following information of concern to persons with lengthy last names, at http://www.tsa.gov/stakeholders/transportation-worker-identification-credential-twic. (TSA does not date the bulletins on its website so I am unable to state the exact date of this posting.)

Truncated Last Name on TWIC Card: Since TSA began issuing the new version 2.03 TWIC® cards in May 2014, only the first 14 characters (including spaces, hyphens, and apostrophes) of the applicant’s last name are printed on the card.  The last name is always followed by a comma.  If a person’s last name exceeds 14 characters, all after the 14th character are not printed, and a comma follows immediately after the 14th character.  This has caused some Transportation Workers to have their credentials questioned at facilities because the name on the card does not match the person’s full name.


On October 17, 2014, a system change will be made to extend the last name as printed on the TWIC® to a maximum of nineteen (19) characters, followed immediately by a comma.  Last names containing fewer than 19 characters will continue to be followed immediately by a comma.  TSA is looking into ways to include full last names, regardless of the number of characters, given the limited space available on the card for printing.  Until a satisfactory solution is developed and implemented, the last name printed on TWICs® beginning October 17, 2014 will be limited to the first 19 characters of the last name.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Information on the new policy for the MTSA training course submission and review process posted on Coast Guard’s Homeport site

Information on the new policy for the  MTSA training course submission and review process can be found on the U. S. Coast Guard Homeport site, on the public side, at Missions > Maritime Security > Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) > General Information > Maritime Transportation Security Act Training Courses.

Maritime Transportation Security Act Training Courses

Our nation is more secure today because of the hard work and patriotism of vessel and
facility operators across the country, and the many associated industries and
organizations that have developed to support the goals of the Maritime Transportation
Security Act (MTSA). Training is a key element of the MTSA, and in 2004, the
Maritime Administration (MARAD) established a MTSA Training Course Certification
process. This process required course providers to submit a course to MARAD, who then
contracted with a Coast Guard accepted Quality Standard System (QSS) organization for
review.

As of October 1, 2014, that contract is expired, and course providers should now submit associated with the training course submission and review process. The National Maritime Center will complete the course review for vessel courses. For questions regarding Vessel Security Officer (VSO), Maritime Security for Vessel Personnel with Specific Security Duties (VPSSD) and Maritime Security Awareness
(MSA) should contact:
Robert L Smith
United States Coast Guard
National Maritime Center
100 Forbes DR
Martinsburg, West Virginia 25404-0001
Robert.L.Smith3@uscg.mil

The following courses may be submitted directly to a Coast Guard accepted QSS:
Facility Security Officer (FSO), Company Security Officer (CSO), Maritime Security for
Military, First Responder, and Law Enforcement Personnel (MSLEP), and Maritime
Security for Facility Personnel with Specific Security Duties (FPSSD). Below are the
current Coast Guard accepted QSSs:

Gordon Halsey
Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd (DNVGL)
North America Advisory Services Maritime
1600 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Suite 110
Sunrise, FL 33323

Pavan Lall
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Learning Center Manager
16855 Northchase Drive
Houston, Texas 77060
60
plall@eagle.org

Effective security training for maritime industry professionals is critical to the success of
the nation’s security efforts. The Coast Guard may continue to use successful completion
of a valid course certified under this process or previously certified under the MARAD
contract as meeting certain training requirements under Title 33 Code of Federal
Regulations (CFR) Parts 104 and 105. As the Coast Guard continues to develop
regulations to establish comprehensive FSO training requirements I strongly encourage
them to take approved courses. 

USCG and MARAD Guidance re Ebola Virus Precautions

Both the Maritime Administration and the United States Coast Guard have recently issued bulletins regarding the Ebola guidance.  Each guidance is reproduced below.

From the Coast Guard: https://www.uscg.mil/msib/docs/012_14_8-7-2014.pdf.  This is an August 07, 2014 Marine Safety Information Bulletin, Ebola Virus Precautions.

“To date, there have been 1603 confirmed cases of individuals infected with the Ebola virus worldwide with 887 deaths. The epidemic is slowing in Guinea but continues unabated in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Also, four cases have been reported in Nigeria. There have been two reported cases of Americans serving in health care or missionary work in West Africa but, no reported cases in Department of Defense, Coast Guard, or with U.S. mariners. The Center of Disease Control (CDC) has issued travel warnings. We strongly recommend that personnel traveling to those affected countries review travel alerts issued by the CDC prior to their arrival. Travel alert information can be found at: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
Some key points to remember concerning Ebola:

• Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, followed by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. In addition, skin rash, red eyes, and internal and external bleeding may be seen in some patients.
• Travelers could be infected if they come into contact with blood or body fluids from someone who is sick or has died from Ebola, sick wildlife, or meat from an infected animal. Health care providers caring for Ebola patients and family and friends in close contact with an ill person are at highest risk because they may come into contact with blood or body fluids.
• Monitor your health for 21 days if you were in an area with an Ebola outbreak, especially if you were in contact with blood or body fluids, items that have come in contact with blood or body fluids, animals or raw meat, or hospitals where Ebola patients are being treated.
Vessel owners/operators and local stakeholders should be aware of the following:
• Vessel representatives are required to report sick or deceased crew or passengers within the last 15 days to the CDC under 42 CFR 71.21. Regional CDC quarantine station points of contact can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/QuarantineStationContactListFull.html
• The Coast Guard will review all Notice of Arrivals to determine if a vessel has visited a country impacted by Ebola virus outbreak within its last five ports of call.
• Vessel masters should inform any Coast Guard boarding teams of any ill crewmembers on board.
• Local industry stakeholders, in partnership with their Coast Guard Captain of the Port, should review and be familiar with section 5310 Procedures for Vessel Quarantine and Isolation, and Section 5320 Procedures for security segregation of Vessels in their Area Maritime Security Plan.
• Local industry stakeholders, in partnership with their Coast Guard Captain of the Port, should review and be familiar with their Marine Transportation System Recovery Plan.

Questions regarding this should be forwarded to the Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Foreign and Offshore Vessel Division (CG-CVC-2) at 202-372-1218 or by email at CGCVC@uscg.mil.
Captain Kyle McAvoy, U.S. Coast Guard, Chief Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC), sends.”


Advisory #:         2014-02
Date Issued:       Sep 02 2014

To:          All Operators of U.S.-Flag, Effective U.S. Control Vessels, U.S. Merchant Mariners and Other Maritime Interests

Subject:               Ebola Virus

THIS IS THE FULL TEXT VERSION OF MARAD ADVISORY 2014-02.  THE NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY HAS TRANSMITTED A SHORTENED VERSION.
1. U.S.-FLAG OPERATORS ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD THIS ADVISORY TO THEIR SHIPS BY THE MOST EXPEDITIOUS MEANS.

2. EBOLA, ALSO KNOWN AS EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE (EVD) AND EBOLA HEMORRHAGIC FEVER, IS A RARE AND DEADLY DISEASE CAUSED BY A VIRAL INFECTION. FIRST DISCOVERED IN 1976 NEAR THE EBOLA RIVER IN WHAT IS NOW THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, THE VIRUS AFFECTS HUMANS AND SOME ANIMALS. SINCE THEN, OUTBREAKS HAVE APPEARED SPORADICALLY IN SEVERAL AFRICAN COUNTRIES. AS OF AUGUST 28, 2014, EBOLA HAS INFECTED 3,069 AND KILLED MORE THAN 1,552 PEOPLE IN FOUR COUNTRIES (GUINEA, LIBERIA, SIERRA LEONE AND NIGERIA) SINCE THE CURRENT OUTBREAK WAS FIRST DETECTED IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR.

3. SYMPTOMS OF EBOLA INCLUDE FEVER AND ADDITIONAL SYMPTOMS SUCH AS SEVERE HEADACHE, MUSCLE PAIN, VOMITING, DIARRHEA, STOMACH PAIN, OR UNEXPLAINED BLEEDING OR BRUISING. SYMPTOMS MAY APPEAR ANYWHERE FROM 2 TO 21 DAYS AFTER EXPOSURE TO EBOLA VIRUS, ALTHOUGH 8-10 DAYS IS THE MOST COMMON.

4. EBOLA IS SPREAD THROUGH DIRECT CONTACT WITH BLOOD OR BODY FLUIDS (URINE, SALIVA, FECES, VOMIT AND SEMEN) FROM A PERSON WHO IS INFECTED AND CURRENTLY HAS SYMPTOMS OF EBOLA. EBOLA MAY ALSO BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH CONTACT WITH OBJECTS (E.G., NEEDLES) CONTAMINATED WITH BLOOD OR BODY FLUIDS FROM A SYMPTOMATIC PERSON OR THROUGH CONTACT WITH, OR CONSUMPTION OF AN ANIMAL INFECTED WITH EBOLA. THE VIRUS ENTERS THE HUMAN BODY THROUGH MUCOUS MEMBRANES (E.G., EYES, NOSE OR MOUTH) OR THROUGH BREAKS IN THE SKIN. PEOPLE ARE INFECTIOUS AS LONG AS THEIR BLOOD AND SECRETIONS CONTAIN THE VIRUS. EBOLA IS NOT AIRBORNE AND IT CANNOT BE TRANSMITTED FROM A PERSON WHO IS NOT SYMPTOMATIC.

5. THE LIKELIHOOD OF CONTRACTING EBOLA IS VERY LOW UNLESS THERE HAS BEEN DIRECT CONTACT WITH THE BLOOD OR BODY FLUIDS FROM A SYMPTOMATIC PERSON OR AN ANIMAL INFECTED WITH EBOLA, OR WITH A CONTAMINATED OBJECT.  SIMPLY TRAVELING TO AN AREA WHERE EBOLA IS PRESENT DOES NOT MEAN A PERSON WILL BE EXPOSED TO THE VIRUS.  GIVEN THE UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS OF CASES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS OUTBREAK, THE U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC) ISSUED A LEVEL 3 WARNING TO  AVOID NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TO SIERRA LEONE, GUINEA AND LIBERIA, AND A LEVEL 2  ALERT TO PRACTICE ENHANCED PRECAUTIONS IF TRAVELING TO  NIGERIA OR THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO.  PRECAUTIONS INCLUDE PRACTICING CAREFUL HYGIENE, AVOIDING CONTACT WITH BLOOD AND BODY FLUIDS OF PERSONS SICK WITH EBOLA OR WITH ITEMS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SUCH FLUIDS, AVOIDING CONTACT WITH WILD ANIMALS AND AVOIDING RAW OR UNDERCOOKED MEAT.  OTHER PRECAUTIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE CDC WEBSITE.

6.  THE CDC MAINTAINS UP-TO-DATE WEB RESOURCES WHICH PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE OUTBREAK, PREVENTATIVE STEPS THAT CAN BE TAKEN TO REMAIN HEALTHY BEFORE AND DURING TRAVEL, AS WELL AS ACTIONS THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN IF A TRAVELER BECOMES ILL AT ANY POINT.  THESE WEB RESOURCES, ALONG WITH CDC TRAVEL NOTICES, CAN BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices  and http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/. FURTHERMORE, U.S. MERCHANT MARINERS WITH ACCESS TO UNCLASSIFIED HTTPS://WWW.INTELINK.GOV CAN ALSO ACCESS FORCE HEALTH PROTECTION ADVISORIES FROM THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MEDICAL INTELLIGENCE (NCMI) FOR MORE SPECIFIC COUNTRY RELATED INFORMATION AT  HTTPS://WWW.INTELINK.GOV/NCMI/."

7. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) RECOMMENDS THAT TRAVELERS TO AFFECTED AREAS AVOID ALL CONTACT WITH BLOOD, SECRETIONS, ORGANS OR OTHER BODY FLUIDS OF INFECTED LIVING OR DEAD PERSONS OR ANIMALS, AND ADVISES THAT PERSONS WHO HAVE HAD SUCH CONTACT, OR WHO HAVE AN ILLNESS CONSISTENT WITH EBOLA, SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL EXCEPT AS PART OF AN APPROPRIATE MEDICAL EVACUATION. WHO DOES NOT OTHERWISE RECOMMEND ANY BAN ON INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL OR TRADE.

8. THE US COAST GUARD HAS ISSUED A MARITIME SAFETY INFORMATION BULLETIN ON EBOLA VIRUS PRECAUTIONS, WHICH INCLUDES A REMINDER TO VESSEL MASTERS TO REPORT SICK OR DECEASED CREW MEMBERS OR PASSENGERS TO THE CDC IN ACCORDANCE WITH 42 CFR 71.21.  ADDITIONALY THE COAST GUARD REMINDS OWNERS, OPERATORS, AGENTS, MASTERS OR PERSONS IN CHARGE OF THE REQUIREMENT TO IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE NEAREST COAST GUARD SECTOR OFFICE OR GROUP OFFICE OF THE EXISTENCE OF HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS ON THEIR VESSELS AS REQUIRED BY 33 CFR 160.215. THE COAST GUARD CONSIDERS CREWMEMBERS INFECTED WITH EBOLA OR DECEASED FROM ILLNESS RELATED TO EBOLA A HAZARDOUS CONDITION AS DEFINED BY 33 CFR 160.204 DEFINITION OF "HAZARDOUS CONDITION”. THE COAST GUARD WILL CHECK ALL ADVANCE NOTICES OF ARRIVAL TO DETERMINE WHETHER A VESSEL HAS VISITED A COUNTRY IMPACTED BY THE EBOLA VIRUS OUTBREAK WITHIN THE PREVIOUS FIVE PORT CALLS.  THE BULLETIN IS AVAILABLE AT HTTPS://WWW.USCG.MIL/MSIB/DOCS/012_14_8-7-2014.PDF.

9. MARAD ADVISORIES ARE PUBLISHED ON THE MARAD WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.MARAD.DOT.GOV/NEWS_ROOM_LANDING_PAGE/MARITIME_ADVISORIES AND THE MARITIME SAFETY INFORMATION WEB SITE:  HTTP://MSI.NGA.MIL/NGAPORTAL/MSI.PORTAL. UNDER "BROADCAST WARNINGS", SELECT MARAD ADVISORIES TO DETERMINE MARITIME ADVISORIES THAT REMAIN IN FORCE.  CONSULT THE MARITIME ADMINISTRATION WEB SITE AT HTTP://WWW.MARAD.DOT.GOV OR THE MOST RECENT U.S. NOTICE TO MARINERS.

10.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT CAPTAIN ROBERT FORD, MARITIME ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF SECURITY, CODE: MAR-420, ROOM W25-308, 1200 NEW JERSEY AVE, S.E., WASHINGTON, DC 20590, TELEPHONE 202-366-0223, TLX II 710.822.9426 (MARAD DOT WSH) OR EMAIL:  MARADSECURITY@DOT.GOV.




Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Transfer of MTSA Training Certification from MARAD to USCG

From the United States Maritime Administration Office of Security website:

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  TRANSFER OF MARITIME TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ACT (MTSA) TRAINING CERTIFICATION TO UNITED STATES COAST GUARD—

Effective 30 September 2014 the Maritime Administration will transfer to the United States Coast Guard the certification of Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) maritime security training.

The MTSA courses affected by this change are as follows:
Facility Security Officer (FSO)
Company Security Officer (CSO)
Maritime Security Awareness (MSA)
Maritime Security for Vessel Personnel with Specific Security Duties (VPSSD)
Maritime Security for Military, First Responder, and Law Enforcement Personnel (MSLEP)
Maritime Security for Facility Personnel with Specific Security Duties (FPSSD)

Private and public organizations seeking certification for the above training courses should consult the United States Coast Guard's website for information on how to submit courses for certification.  The Coast Guard point of contact is:
LCDR Jennifer Osburn
US Coast Guard Headquarters
Office of Port Facility & Compliance (CG-FAC)
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Washington, DC 20593-7118
Mail Stop 7501
Tel (202) 372-1132
Fax (202) 372-8428

Jennifer.M.Osburn@uscg.mil

Friday, August 1, 2014

New Information on TSA TWIC Website

New information has been posted on the TSA TWIC website. The issues addressed are TWIC “OneVisit”; new name for TWIC enrollment centers; a reminder that no appointments are necessary for TWIC services – for services, the person can just walk in to an enrollment center, and an update on the card production delay reported on the site in June. The homepage also continues to contain information about the new card topography features, which is very important for port security stakeholders and especially facility personnel with specific security duties who will be checking the cards.

Concerning the “OneVisit”, there’s no getting around visiting an enrollment center to get your TWIC. If you choose to receive your card by mail you will still be required to make one visit to an enrollment center to complete the enrollment process. 

Below is the text from the site:

1) TWIC “OneVisit”—Now Available Everywhere:  TWIC cards can now be mailed directly to your home, or other location, instead of returning to an enrollment center to pick up your card.  This applies to new or renewed enrollment cards, Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWICs (see item 8 below), or replacements for lost, stolen, or damaged cards.  If you choose to receive your card by mail you will only be required to make one visit to an enrollment center to complete the enrollment process.  When you receive your card it will be activated and ready to use.  A mailer with the card’s preset Personal Identification Number (PIN) will be sent to you separately.  You may also choose to pick up your card at an enrollment center.  If you pick up your card at an enrollment center you can select your PIN.  If you receive your card by mail and want to change your preset PIN you can visit any enrollment center to have it set to your selected PIN at no cost.

2) New Name for TWIC Enrollment Centers:  Enrollment centers now provide services for TWIC as well as TSA’s TSA Pre✓™ and Hazardous Material Endorsement (HME) programs.  Instead of looking for a “TWIC Enrollment Center” sign look for a “Universal Enrollment Services” or “UES” sign.  When you need to apply for or renew your TWIC be sure to check the UES Locator web site to find the nearest UES center.

3) Reminder—Appointments are Not Necessary:  All TWIC services are available at UES enrollment centers to walk-ins as well as those with appointments.  Those with appointments receive priority service at their appointment time, but walk-ins are served in the order they arrive.  The appointment schedules at each enrollment center allow for time to serve walk-ins.  If you need to apply for a TWIC, or pick up a card, and can’t find a convenient appointment go to the enrollment center as a walk-in.  The average wait time at enrollment centers is 15 minutes or less, although at peak times longer waits may be experienced.


4) Card Production Delay Update: The temporary delays in delivering some TWIC cards announced here in June are significantly reduced.  The delays were caused by the transition to a new data and card production system.  The change was required to more effectively support TSA’s mission.  All TWIC enrollments and card requests are now being processed through the new system.  Delays experienced in June and July have diminished, however some residual delays are still occurring.  Applicants should expect to receive their new TWIC in three weeks or less.  Those whose applications require review by a TSA adjudicator will experience an additional three to four week delay.  TSA continues to work diligently to further minimize delays and will continue to do so until program goals for processing all applications are achieved.  You may check your application status online here or via the UES Call Center at 1-855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371).

Friday, June 27, 2014

TSA Publishes Notice Concerning TWIC Cards Issued Without Fingerprint Template Files

On June 18, 2014, the Transportation Security Administration posted information on the TSA TWIC website concerning TWIC cards that were issued without fingerprint template files.  The bulletin is available at http://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/pdf/twic/Statement_About_Missing_Fingerprints_on_TWICs.pdf.  From the bulletin:

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has identified that there were some
Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) recently produced without the
fingerprint template files. Workers holding these cards who need to prove their identity by biometric match will not be able to do so until their card is replaced. TSA will replace
improperly produced cards at no cost to the card holder. Only TWICs produced with expiration dates of “2019MAY22” through, and including, “2019MAY30” are among the impacted cards and may potentially lack the fingerprint file.  Cards with expiration dates before May 22, 2019 or after May 30, 2019 are not affected by this problem. TSA has provided a list of Agency Serial Numbers; cardholders can locate this unique number identifier on the back of their card and determine if their card is affected. TSA reminds the stakeholder community that TWICs issued with missing fingerprint files are authentic, valid cards and should be accepted as such until replaced at the request of the card holder. Affected cards function with TWIC readers except for the capability to biometrically confirm identity.

Obtaining a Replacement Card:
Card holders who were issued a card without the fingerprint file should contact the UES CallCenter at 1-855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371) Monday through Friday, 8AM to 10PM Eastern to arrange for a free replacement card. Tell the Customer Service Representative that your card is missing the fingerprint file and provide the card’s ASN. The Representative will assist you in obtaining a replacement card.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Information on TWIC Program from TSA TWIC Website

On May 31, 2014 the Transportation Security Administration posted new information on the TSA TWIC website.  The information is reproduced in its entirety below.  MTSA stakeholders should visit the TSA TWIC site and examine the two technical bulletins that are referenced.  The new information includes the card production delay and several other important issues, including new card features (that makes theses new TWICs slightly different from older versions);  the upcoming “One-visit” initiative; important changes to accessing the Certificate Revocation List (CRL);  and new information that may be given during pre-enrollment (biographical). 

PLEASE NOTE: PERSONS WHO ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE A VALID TWIC BEFORE ASSUMING THEIR DUTIES (FSOs, FACILITY PERSONNEL WITH SPECFIC SECURITY DUTIES) WHO ARE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE CARD PRODUCTION DELAYS SHOULD CONTACT THEIR LOCAL COTP TO DISCUSS THIS ADVERSE IMPACT AND TO SUGGEST EQUIVALENT SECURITY MEASURES.

The “One-visit” initiative is required by Congress.  The TWIC Program Office has completed the pilot test phase of mailing TWIC cards to applicants in Alaska and parts of Michigan.
Will offer the choice to receive cards by mail as this capability is added to enrollment centers throughout the summer. 
  • Applicants choosing to receive their card by mail will only be required to make one visit to an enrollment center to complete the enrollment process. 
  • The card will be mailed to the applicant’s home, or other address of their choice. 
  • The card will be activated and ready to be used.
  • A mailer with the card’s PIN will be sent separately.



1)   Card Production Delays:  TSA is upgrading its technology to more effectively support TSA’s mission.  However, TSA has experienced a temporary delay in the production and delivery of some TWIC cards.  This delay is impacting some new enrollments, card replacements and Extended Expiration Date (EED) cards.  TSA is working diligently to ensure the delays are minimized and efficient processing of applications and card production is achieved.  If you are experiencing a longer than usual processing time, you may continue to check your application status online here or via the UES Call Center at 1-855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371).

2)  New Card Topography Features:  TWIC enrollment centers are beginning to receive and issue cards produced by the Government Printing Office (GPO) through the Technology Infastructure Modernization (TIM) system.  The general appearance and security features of the new cards are similar to previous versions, but contain several changes:

Card Front:

•             Expiration date format is now YEAR MONTH DAY (YYYYMMMDD) example:  2016APR22
•             Card front:  A period “.” follows the middle initial, example:  W.
Card Back:
              Version moved to above the magnetic stripe (“TWIC v2.3 MM.YY”).
•             The smaller 1D bar code above the magnetic stripe has been replaced by a card stock identifier sequence.
•             The label “ID One PIV (1107253)” has been added above the magnetic stripe.
•             The printing below the larger 1D barcode now includes the System Code (7099), example:  70991234

The Technical Advisory with details on card topography changes is available here.

3)  New Card Technical Features:  As a result of the transition to the TIM system, the TWIC Certificate Authority (CA) changed.  TWIC readers programed to check the TWIC Certificate Revocation List (CRL) must be redirected to the new CA.  The technical advisory for this change was also previously posted to the TWIC website.  The direct link to the advisory is here.

4)  TWIC “OneVisit”:  The TWIC Program Office has completed the pilot test phase of mailing TWIC cards to applicants in Alaska and parts of Michigan and will offer the choice to receive cards by mail as this capability is added to enrollment centers throughout the summer.  Applicants choosing to receive their card by mail will only be required to make one visit to an enrollment center to complete the enrollment process.  The card will be mailed to the applicant’s home, or other address of their choice.  The card will be activated and ready to be used.  A mailer with the card’s PIN will be sent separately.

5)  Pre-Enrollment:  TWIC applicants may now begin the enrollment/application process by entering biographic information online before visiting an enrollment center. To pre-enroll, please visit the Universal Enrollment Services website here, click on the TWIC program icon, and select the “Pre-Enroll” link from the list of available services.

6)  Extended Expiration Date TWICs:  If you are a worker holding a TWIC that expires on or before December 31, 2014 and you are a U.S. citizen or U.S. national you will be able to replace your expiring TWIC with a 3-year Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC. To order an EED TWIC or a card replacement, you may contact the UES Call Center at 1-855-DHS-UES1 (1-855-347-8371) Monday through Friday from 8 AM - 10 PM Eastern. Alternatively, click here to order your EED TWIC or card replacement online.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Notice of Specific TWIC Card Services Unavailable - 04/22 through 05/04

Dear TWIC Stakeholder,

TSA is upgrading its technology to improve reliability, expand capabilities, and more effectively support TSA’s mission.  During the system upgrade, specific TWIC card services will be TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE.

TSA recommends that TWIC applicants take note of these important dates and plan accordingly:

  • Services for Card Transfers, Card Replacements and Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWIC will be unavailable from Tuesday, April 22nd through Sunday, May 4th, 2014:
If you need to utilize these services and require your TWIC prior to or during this time period, please place your order on or before Monday, April 14th.

  • Card Pick- Up, Activation and Personal Identification Number (PIN) Resets will be unavailable from Saturday, April 26th through Sunday, May 4th, 2014:
If you have a card that is ready for pick up and activation or need to have a PIN reset, please consider visiting the designated Universal Enrollment Services (UES) enrollment center for activation by Friday, April 25th or after May 4th.

ENROLLMENT SITES WILL BE OPEN AND AVAILABLE
Please note that all enrollment sites for TWIC, HME and TSA PreP™Application Program WILL BE OPEN and AVAILABLE for enrollment services and NOT impacted by the system upgrade.  All TWIC card services will become available beginning Monday, May 5th.

It is likely that enrollment sites may be busier than usual immediately before and after the upgrade, so stakeholders may choose to obtain card services a few weeks before or after the system upgrade if flexibility allows.


If you have any questions about the availability of card services, please contact the Universal Enrollment Services (UES) Call Center at 1-855-DHS-UES1 (855-347-8371) between 8am – 10pm Eastern, Monday through Friday.  For additional information on TWIC, HME or TSA PreP™ application program enrollment services, please visit https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/

Friday, April 4, 2014

From News from Bryant's Maritime Consulting: New Coast Guard Blog

CAPT Dennis Bryant has once more given the maritime community a great heads up in the April 04 2014 issue of News from Bryant’s Maritime Consulting, by letting us know that the Coast Guard has instituted a blog for maritime professionals, Maritime Commons, at http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/.  

This blog will assist us with the task we have of reducing the firehose delivery of information that comes at us every day to a drinkable amount. Keeping up is difficult for everyone and here we see the Coast Guard once more spotting the problem and assisting the profession with a solution. 

One item I saw that needs immediate attention is news concerning an ALCOAST about cybersecurity from the Office of Port and Facility Compliance, at http://www.uscg.mil/announcements/alcoast/122-14_ALCOAST.txt.


This blog looks to be mandatory reading for all MTSA security professionals.

Monday, February 24, 2014

From Chemical Facility Security News, February 2014 CFATS Fact Sheet

My colleague Patrick Coyle, in today's Chemical Facility Security News (http://chemical-facility-security-news.blogspot.com/2014/02/cfats-fact-sheet-february-2014.html) has given us a link to the February 2014 CFATS Fact Sheet. This link is not yet available via the DHS CFATS website.

As of February 1, 2014:
More than 46,000 preliminary assessments were reviewed by DHS from facilities with chemicals of interest. 4,266 facilities are currently covered by CFATS. More than 3,000 facilities voluntarily removed, reduced, or modified their holdings of chemicals of interest. 1,389 visits to assist facilities with compliance. 1,053 Security Plans authorized. 744 Authorization Inspections conducted. 506 Security Plans approved following an on-site inspection.


Once again, thank you, Patrick. There is no better site to follow for CFATS information than Chemical Facility Security News.

Friday, February 7, 2014

HR 4007, Act to Recodify and Reauthorize the CFATS program

On Thursday, February 06, 2014, House Resolution 4007 was introduced by Congressman Patrick Meehan (R-PA), to recodify and reauthorize the CFATS program.  The following classes of facilities would retain their exemptions from CFATS provisions under the definition of “covered chemical facility”:
  • Facilities subject to MTSA;
  • Public water systems, as defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act;
  • Water treatment works, as defined by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act;
  •  Any facility owned or operated by DoD or DoE;
  • Any facility regulated by the NRC.
If enacted, the resolution would extend the CFATS program for two years from the date of the enactment of the act. Funding does not appear to be addressed. The full text of the resolution is available at http://homeland.house.gov/sites/homeland.house.gov/files/documents/020614-HR4007.pdf.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thoughts on the Coast Guard Homeport site

I don’t typically use this blog to editorialize but I am going to do so now.  It has become fashionable to malign the Coast Guard’s Homeport site. Unfortunately, it’s fairly common to hear Coast Guard personnel trashing the site.  I especially hear this kind of talk among people who are not frequent users of the site or who have other issues with the organization.

There is no website ever created that is without flaws. I have a list of items I would like to see changed on the site. But there is a longer list of things I like about the site.  One of those things is the responsiveness of the help desk. I have contacted the help desk several times in the past and it has been my experience that within hours of submitting an email I am talking to a real person who is interested in either helping me with my problem, getting me information, or in the case of my locating some information that probably shouldn't have been posted, thanking me for the email. This is in comparison with the HSIN site. I am a member of my local Area Maritime Security Committee, I am a member of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee, and I have been asking for years without success to be admitted onto a restricted transportation sector page.  My queries are never answered.


Homeport is our site, designed by our people, who know our jobs. Those who are calling for its closure and a transition to HSIN should be careful, they just might get what they are asking for.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Excellent Coast Guard newsletter for port security stakeholders

In October 2012 the Coast Guard Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC) began publishing an excellent newsletter, Waves on the Waterfront. These newsletters can be found at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg544/Waves%20on%20the%20Waterfront.asp. They are published on a quarterly basis and each newsletter is full of information that can be extremely useful to a working FSO. Those of us who were fortunate enough to have worked with CAPT Andrew Tucci (commanding officer of CG-FAC ) when he was in Sector Ohio Valley will remember what a premium he placed on communication.

Waves on the Waterfront is designed to provide port security stakeholders with useful information on the national and international policies that guide our activities. CG-FAC uses this publication to highlight success stories, best practices, and achievements from the field. They welcome contributions, photos, articles, and ideas. Contact information for the CG-FAC team is included in each newsletter.  I don’t often say this about government publications, but each of these short, well-written newsletters is worth reading from beginning to end.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

GAO Issues Report: Maritime Security: DHS Could Benefit from Tracking Progress in Implementing the Small Vessel Security Strategy


On November 19, 2013, the Government Accountability Office issued GAO Report 14-32, Maritime Security: DHS Could Benefit from Tracking Progress in Implementing the Small Vessel Security Strategy.  This report is of particular interest to us here at the University of Findlay because our course Small Vessel Security for Rural Communities was recently certified by DHS as AWR 311. The report can be found at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-32. Below are highlights from the report.

From the highlights:

Why GAO did this study: The Coast Guard estimates that there were more than 22 million small vessels operating in the United States in 2012. Terrorists, smugglers, and other criminals can use small vessels as platforms for their activities because small vessels are generally unregulated and largely anonymous. Law enforcement agencies face the challenge of distinguishing between legitimate small vessel operators and the relatively few individuals estimated to be engaged in illicit activities. DHS issued its SVSS in April 2008 and its follow-on SVSS Implementation Plan in January 2011 to help guide actions to mitigate the security risks arising from small vessels. Given the importance of small vessel security, GAO was asked to review DHS’s efforts in developing and implementing the SVSS Implementation Plan.

  
This report examines what actions, if any, DHS and its components have taken to address small vessel security concerns, and the extent to which they have implemented action items in the SVSS Implementation Plan. GAO analyzed DHS documents; interviewed DHS officials; and visited two ports selected on the basis of the volume of small vessel traffic and security initiatives in place, among other things. While the results of the port visits cannot be generalized across all ports, they provided insights on small vessel security issues and operations.

What GAO found: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components—such as the U.S. Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—have started or completed initiatives to address small vessel security risks, but DHS is not tracking the progress being made to address action items in the Small Vessel Security Strategy (SVSS) Implementation Plan. “Small vessels” are characterized as any watercraft—regardless of method of propulsion—less than 300 gross tons, and used for recreational or commercial purposes. DHS component officials GAO met with identified examples of key initiatives that they have completed or have under way to enhance small vessel security, including an initiative to help CBP better track small vessels arriving from foreign locations and another to assist the Coast Guard in assessing and monitoring small vessel launch sites. Although the SVSS Implementation Plan states that DHS is to assess and update the plan, DHS has not determined the progress its components and other relevant stakeholders—such as the Department of Defense—are making in completing the action items and has no current plans to do so. DHS officials stated that this is due, in part, to budget constraints that make this a low priority. DHS officials stated that updating the SVSS Implementation Plan would be valuable, and doing so is particularly important since more than one component could be responsible for action items in the plan. Accordingly, by systematically gathering information from its components and other relevant stakeholders to regularly update the progress they are making in addressing the action items in the plan, DHS could help prioritize initiatives given constrained budgets and better identify successes and lessons learned, among other things.

What GAO recommends: GAO recommends that DHS regularly update the progress its components and other relevant stakeholders are making in addressing action items in the SVSS Implementation Plan. DHS concurred with the recommendation.

From the main body of the report:

DHS officials we spoke with stated that there is no plan to update the SVSS Implementation Plan because it is not a priority, given budget constraints, and it is too early to measure the effectiveness of action items in the plan. According to a senior DHS Policy official, although the SVSS Implementation Plan states that DHS should assess and update the plan annually, given these constraints, an annual review is too frequent. The senior DHS official added that per the Secretary of Homeland Security’s direction, DHS components are focusing on maintaining their ongoing operations under constrained budgets, and so efforts to update the SVSS Implementation Plan are not currently a priority…Coast Guard officials added that America’s Waterway Watch—a program highlighted in the SVSS Implementation Plan that provides outreach to the public, including the small vessel community, on awareness of threats and how to report suspicious activity—may not receive funding in DHS’s fiscal year 2014 appropriation…

DHS officials also stated that because the SVSS Implementation Plan was issued in early 2011, it is too early to expect a majority of the action items to be completed or, especially for the long-term action items, to have been implemented. These officials stated that accomplishing the SVSS’s goals and objectives through implementation of the many action items in the SVSS Implementation Plan will require a significant investment of time and resources, along with buy-in from state and local maritime security stakeholders. Accordingly, it could take years to fully implement some of the action items and determine whether they are effective…

Although it may be too early to measure the effectiveness of some action items in the SVSS Implementation Plan, updating the progress made in addressing the action items could help DHS and its components prioritize their efforts given constrained budgets; better identify successes and lessons learned; and enhance collaboration with federal, state, and local stakeholders regarding small vessel security issues. The SVSS Implementation Plan states that, because of risk, the unpredictability of budgets, policy changes, and administrative priorities, the plan must be reviewed regularly to ensure that it remains current and accurate. By engaging in this review process, the plan states that it is intended to be a living document that provides a strategic overview of participating agencies’ implementation of the SVSS. Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government calls for federal agencies to design and implement control activities to enforce management’s directives.

Conclusions: Recognizing the risks posed by terrorists using small vessels to attack targets or as a conveyance for terrorists and their contraband to enter the United States, DHS issued its SVSS Implementation Plan in January 2011 to help guide efforts to mitigate the security risks arising from small vessels. DHS component agencies have completed some initiatives and have other initiatives under way to address the risk of a small vessel attack, but DHS is not gathering information on the progress its components or relevant stakeholders are making to address action items in the SVSS Implementation Plan and has no plans to do so. The SVSS Implementation Plan, by design, is to be revised to accommodate new information about threats, technologies, requirements, and lessons learned as action items are implemented, but DHS has not updated the plan since it was issued in 2011. Given that internal controls call for federal agencies to design and implement control activities to enforce management’s directives, DHS could better prioritize initiatives and identify successes if it was to regularly update the progress its components and other relevant stakeholders are making to address the action items in the SVSS Implementation Plan. This information could be particularly useful to DHS components that may be operating under more constrained budgets than when the plan was first issued.


Recommendation for Executive Action: To improve DHS’s ability to monitor progress, prioritize action items, and identify successes, we recommend that the Secretary of Homeland Security systematically gather information from the department’s components and other relevant stakeholders to regularly update the progress they are making in addressing action items in the SVSS Implementation Plan.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Federal Register Notice Concerning the Carriage of Shale Gas Extraction Waste Water in Bulk via Barge


Once more, many thanks to CAPT Dennis Bryant for mentioning the Coast Guard Oct. 30 Federal Register fracking water policy notice in his great resource, Bryant’s Maritime Blog, http://brymar-consulting.com/.

From the Federal Register, vol 78, issue 210:
“The Coast Guard announces the availability of a proposed policy letter concerning the carriage of shale gas extraction waste water in bulk via barge, and invites public comment. The policy letter specifies the conditions under which a barge owner may request and be granted a Certificate of Inspection endorsement or letter allowing the barge to transport shale gas extraction waste water in bulk. The policy letter also defines the information the Coast Guard may require the barge owner to provide and specifies the additional requirements the Coast Guard is considering imposing on such barges. Upon reviewing comments received on this proposed policy letter, Coast Guard will issue the final policy letter and specify its effective date.

DATES: Comments and related material must either be submitted to our online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before November 29, 2013 or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date.”

You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2013–0915 using any one of the methods identified in the Federal Register notice.

From the policy letter, which will be posted on Regulations.gov but for now can be found at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg521/:

“The purpose of this policy letter is: (a) to specify the conditions under which a barge owner may request and be granted a Certificate of Inspection endorsement or letter, under 46 CFR 153.900(d), allowing the barge to transport shale gas extraction waste water (SGEWW) in bulk as Conditionally Permitted SGEWW; (b) to define the information the Coast Guard may require the barge owner to provide pursuant to 46 CFR 153.900(d)(1)(ii); and (c) to specify the additional requirements the Coast Guard imposes on such barges pursuant to 46 CFR 153.900(d)(2)(iii). A barge owner who has not been granted an endorsement or letter under 46 CFR 153.900(d), or who has not provided the information defined by this policy letter, or who has not complied with the additional requirements this policy letter describes, is prohibited from transporting SGEWW in bulk on that barge.”

"Endorsement of Certificate of Inspection. Pursuant to 46 CFR 153.900(d)(1)(i), a barge owner may request endorsement of a barge’s Certificate of Inspection, or a letter, allowing the barge to transport Conditionally Permitted SGEWW in bulk. Requests may be made by contacting the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant (CG-ENG-5) at (202) 372-1412 or by emailing HazmatStandards@uscg.mil. The Coast Guard, at its discretion, may provide the endorsement or letter, on condition that the barge owner conduct and document the analyses and surveys, and take the venting measures, described in this paragraph 8. Carriage requirements for SGEWW are given in Enclosure (4), and a sample endorsement is included in Enclosure (5) to this policy letter."

"Analyses. As an “additional requirement” that the Coast Guard may impose, per 46 CFR 153.900(d)(2)(iii), on the endorsement or letter described in paragraph 8.b, prior to carrying SGEWW on board the barge, the barge owner must have each consignment load of SGEWW chemically analyzed in accordance with Enclosure (1) to this policy letter. The barge owner must keep records showing the results of each analysis for two years and make those records available to the Coast Guard upon request. These records are subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The identity of proprietary chemicals may be withheld from public release pursuant to the FOIA and applicable Coast Guard policy." (Details of analysis including the radioactivity concentration limit and the consignment activity limit are given in Enc. 1).

"Surveys. As an “additional requirement” that the Coast Guard may impose, per 46 CFR 153.900(d)(2)(iii), on the endorsement or letter described in paragraph 8.b, the barge owner must have the barge surveyed in accordance with Enclosure (1) to this policy letter, whenever the barge changes from carrying Conditionally Permitted SGEWW to carrying another cargo, and prior to the entry of any personnel, Coast Guard or otherwise, into the barge. The barge owner must keep records showing the results of each survey for two years and make those records available to the Coast Guard upon request."

"Venting. Carriage of Conditionally Permitted SGEWW may over time lead to the accumulation of radon, a daughter radionuclide of both Ra-226 and Ra-228, in the tank head space. Daily temperature changes can cause variations in tank pressure, and open venting provides pressure relief, preventing over- or under-pressurization of the tanks. Closed or restricted venting would trap the radon in the head space of the tank. Therefore, as a “design and equipment” requirement under 46 CFR 153.900(d)(2)(ii) and as an “additional requirement” under 46 CFR 153.900(d)(2)(iii), the barge owner must ensure that each barge to which the endorsement or letter described in paragraph 8.b is issued has open venting and must ensure that personnel avoid areas where gas from the tanks may escape, especially during loading and offloading. The owner may meet these requirements by ensuring that operational policy instructs personnel to avoid the tank vents and that personnel comply with that instruction."

Enclosure 1 of the policy discusses details of the analysis for hazardous materials including radioisotopes;  criteria to determine if SGEWW can be carried as conditionally permitted SGEWW, including radioactivity formulas, and safety conditions and procedures to protect personnel.

Enclosure 2 of the policy is a State of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Form 26R , Chemical Analysis of Residual Waste, Annual Report by the Generator.

Enclosure 3 are Sample Calculations for Maximum Allowed Volume.  These are equations used to find  the total radioactivity limit allowed to be transported in one barge.  Editorial comment – both shippers and inspectors will need to go back to school in order to understand this part of the policy document.

Enclosure 4 talks about Interim Minimum Requirements for the Carriage on Unmanned Barges, 46 CFR 153.  The policy letter states that has been assigned to Group 43 (Miscellaneous Water Solutions) as listed in 46 CFR Part 150. For those of us who don’t work with Title 46 a lot, Part 150 is found in Subchapter O.

Enclosure 5 is a sample Certificate of Inspection Endorsement for Carriage of Shale Gas Extraction Waste Water (SGEWW).

Questions or concerns regarding this policy may be directed to Commandant (CG-ENG-5) at (202) 372-1412 or emailed to HazmatStandards@uscg.mil.

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The policy letter does not address any security concerns. Absent any word from the Coast Guard to the contrary, the towboat and barge transporting SGEWW appears to me to be a 104 vessel under 33 CFR 104.105(a)(8). A terminal accepting the vessel would become regulated under 33 CFR 105.





Monday, June 24, 2013

TWIC Enrollment Centers Transitioned from Lockheed Martin to MorphoTrust - Important Payment Information

On June 24, 2013, the Transportation Security Administration posted the following notice on its website:

The TWIC Program has transitioned to UES: All TWIC Enrollment Centers have now been transitioned to the Universal Enrollment Services (UES). For information and appointments please contact the UES Call Center at 1-855 DHS-UES1 (1-855-347-8371) Monday through Friday 8:00AM – 10:00PM Eastern. Effective 6/21/2013 all check and money order payments for TWIC services will be made out to MorphoTrust USA. IMPORTANT: All Enrollment Centers and the Call Center will be closed on July 4, 2013 for Independence Day.

Friday, May 24, 2013

TSA issues notices about affects of contractor change-over: mobile enrollment and EYO, center hours



The Transportation Security Administration has issued two notices about the change-over from contractor Lockheed Martin to contractor MorphoTrust. This changeover will affect  mobile enrollment and Enroll Your Own (EYO) arrangements and enrollment center availability and hours.  Both notices are reproduced below.

 UPDATED 05/23/2013: Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) – Mobile Enrollment and Activation Services TSA has been contacted by a number of stakeholders interested in establishing mobile enrollment and activation services at their facilities. TSA understands the flexibility that mobile enrollment and activation services provide, not only for TWIC renewals but for Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWICs.

 TSA has been contacted by a number of stakeholders interested in establishing mobile enrollment and activation services at their facilities. TSA understands the flexibility that mobile enrollment and activation services provide, not only for TWIC renewals but for Extended Expiration Date (EED) TWICs.

In April 2013, TWIC enrollment services began transitioning to a new contractor, MorphoTrust, under a Universal Enrollment Services (UES) contract. The UES contract includes enhanced mobile enrollment services, Enroll Your Own (EYO), and bulk payment arrangements.
Mobile enrollment services include the following options below:
 Mobile Enrollment Only – Mobile enrollment service without a mobile activation service
 Mobile Enrollment Plus Activation - Mobile enrollment and corresponding activation service
 Extended Expiration Date (EED) Bulk Order/Activation - Mobile service available via bulk orders, which includes the mobile activation service

MorphoTrust is now accepting orders for these services and will begin service in mid-summer 2013. Please submit mobile enrollment requests to Win Noble, MorphoTrust UES Communications Manager, at wnoble@morphotrust.com
Further details about mobile enrollment services and EYO capabilities will be available on the UES website – https://universalenroll.dhs.gov/ 

Please note that Lockheed Martin’s capacity to provide mobile enrollment and activation capability has been filled through the end of their contract. Please consider alternate plans such as utilizing fixed enrollment centers or requesting mobile services after completion of the UES transition (scheduled for end of June 2013). 

(Available at http://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/pdf/twic/mobile_enrollment_and_activation_05_23_2013.pdf)

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TWIC Stakeholders:  
The following TWIC enrollment centers will be closed on the date noted in an effort to assist their transition to a new enrollment provider as part of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Universal Enrollment Services (UES) initiative.  

As enrollment centers transition, their individual web pages will be updated to reflect any new logistics (e.g., location updates, new hours of operation, payment details, etc.).  Current information on enrollment centers can be found at:   
Below is a schedule of enrollment centers for the week of May 27-31, 2013, in which a Center will need to be closed on a given date to assist its transition.  Please note that during the week a site is transitioning, appointments will be blocked and the site will likely be busier than usual.  For appointments following a site’s transition, applicants can call the UES Call Center at 1-855 DHS-UES1 (1-855-347-8371), Monday through Friday: 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM EST.

Enrollment Center
Date Closed for UES Transition (Wk. of May 27-May 31)
American Samoa
05/28/13
Cedar Rapids, IA
05/29/13
Eureka, CA
05/29/13
La Plata, MD
05/29/13
Longview, WA
05/29/13
Pasco, WA
05/29/13
Port Fourchon, LA
05/28/13
Portland, ME
05/28/13
Providence, RI
05/28/13
Traverse City, MI
05/29/13

*Note: Following a site’s effective transition closure date above, check or money order payments for enrollments should be made payable to 'MorphoTrust USA', check or money order payments for card replacements and Extended Expiration Date (EED) services should be made payable to 'Lockheed Martin'.  For additional information and updates on the TWIC program, please visit http://www.twicinformation.com/twicinfo/.  

(From TWIC Stakeholder communications email)