It is not too soon to start the registration processes:
The Administration has budgeted $100 million for port security grant awards in 2018.
- Likely before the end of May
- Like last year, there will be a short window to submit applications
- Last year grants were announced on June 2 and applications due by June 22, only 20 days to prepare and submit applications.
Grant priorities will probably remain the same.
- Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness
- TWIC Technology
- Cybersecurity Capabilities
- Training and Exercises
Let’s get started. Before we can develop an application, we need to discuss your facilities, what is needed, and whether or not the needs meet the grant priorities. Successful grant writing is more an art than a science. Give us a call at 832-717-4404 or email email@example.com.
To read more on preparing a grant application, click here.
TWIC Reader Rule Delay
On April 18, 2018, the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs announced that they received a proposed rule to delay the implementation date for the USCG TWIC Reader Rule.
To read more about the TWIC Reader Rule click here, here and here.
To read more about the delay, click here.
TSA plans to implement a new TWIC card, TWIC NexGen, in fiscal year 2018.
The TWIC NexGen updates are focused on enhancing the card functionality, new security features of the card, changes to the Technology Infrastructure Modernization (TIM) system.
Click here for TWIC Authentication Features.
TWIC Authentication & Identification
Based on the requirements of each facility/vessel and specific threat levels, TWIC is designed to be used in various Access Control Systems at different levels of security.
- Static Identification –
- Proximity card – Contact or Contactless Card Reader
- Identify card using Cardholder Unique Identifier (CHUID).
- Federal Agency Smart Credential Number (FASC-N) may be checked against the TWIC Canceled Card List (CCL).
- Crytographic Authentication
- TWIC PIN authentication
- No biometric authentication
- Biometric Identification
- Biometric authentication
- No card authentication
- Combined Authentication – 2 Factor Authentication
- Biometric authentication
- Card authentication
- FASC-N verified against CCL
USCG/TSA is also currently developing a mobile app to verify TWIC cards. The app will be capable of verifying the Credential Identification Number (CIN) printed on the TWIC against the CCL.
From TWIC Stakeholders Communications Committee Meeting – March 2018
TWIC Reader Requirements Final Rule
- As we are now within 6 months of the implementation date of the TWIC Reader Rule, CG-FAC wanted to reiterate a Maritime Commons Blog post dated March 31, 2017 (http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/03/31/3312017-twic-reader-rule- update/), and where units should expect to enforce TWIC reader rule “on time” at:
- a) Facilities that receive vessels certificated to carry more than 1,000 passengers; and
- b) Facilities subject to 33 CFR 105.295.
- USCG is still working to establish how/when all other facilities that were captured by the Final Rule language will have to comply with the TWIC Reader requirement; however, until then, facility inspectors should be socializing the above guidance for “on time” enforcement with industry.
USCG TWIC Handheld Reader Status
USCG is currently conducting technical evaluations of potential vendors for TWIC Handheld Readers. The current plan is once a vendor is selected, 250 readers will be issued out to the field. The current projected award date is late March to early April with distribution out to the field shortly thereafter.