Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)--Reader Requirements

The Coast Guard announces a public meeting to take place on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202. The building is accessible by taxi, public transit, and privately-owned conveyance. Please note that the session may adjourn early if all business, concerns, and questions are addressed. They will post a written summary of the meeting and oral comments in the docket.


The meeting is scheduled to receive comments on a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on March 22, 2013, under the title ``Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)--Reader Requirements.'' The Coast Guard encourages members of the public to attend this meeting and provide oral comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking on TWIC reader requirements.


The meeting will be held to provide an opportunity for oral comments. Coast Guard personnel will accept written comments and related materials at the public meeting as well. Written comments may also be submitted in response to the notice of proposed rulemaking referenced in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. The comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking will close on May 21, 2013. All written comments and related materials submitted before or after the meeting must either be submitted to our online docket via on or before May 21, 2013, or reach the Docket Management Facility by that date.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Crystal City Marriott 

at Reagan National Airport, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, 

Virginia 22202. The building is accessible by taxi, public transit, and 

privately-owned conveyance.

    This meeting is open to the public. Please note that the session 

may adjourn early if all business, concerns, and questions are 

addressed. You may submit written comments identified by docket number 

USCG-2007-28915 before or after the meeting using any one of the 

following methods:

    (1) Federal eRulemaking Portal:

    (2) Fax: 202-493-2251.

    (3) Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of 

Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 

Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    (4) Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 

p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone 

number is 202-366-9329.

    To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. 

Our online docket for this notice of public meeting is available on the 

Internet at under docket number USCG-2007-



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions concerning the 

meeting, please call or email LCDR Gregory Callaghan, Commandant (CG-

FAC-2), Coast Guard; telephone 202-372-1168, email If you have questions on viewing or 

submitting material to the docket, call Ms. Barbara Hairston, Program 

Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.




Background and Purpose


    On March 22, 2013, the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed 

rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register (78 FR 17781), in which we 

proposed to require owners and operators of certain vessels and 

facilities regulated by the Coast Guard to use electronic readers 

designed to work with the Transportation Worker Identification 

Credential (TWIC) as an access control measure. The NPRM also proposed 

additional requirements associated with electronic TWIC readers, 

including recordkeeping requirements for those owners and operators 

required to use an electronic TWIC reader, and security plan amendments 

to incorporate TWIC reader requirements. The TWIC program, including 

the TWIC reader requirements proposed in the NPRM, is an important 

component of the Coast Guard's multi-layered system of access control 

requirements and other measures designed to enhance maritime security.

    As authorized by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 

\1\ (MTSA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 

established the TWIC program to address identity management 

shortcomings and vulnerabilities identified in the nation's 

transportation system and to comply with the MTSA statutory 

requirements. On January 25, 2007, the Department of Homeland Security 

(DHS), through the Coast Guard and TSA, promulgated regulations that 

require mariners and other individuals granted unescorted access to 

secure areas of MTSA-regulated vessels or facilities to undergo a 

security threat assessment by TSA and obtain a TWIC.\2\



    \1\ Public Law 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064 (Nov. 2, 2002).

    \2\ Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) 

Implementation in the Maritime Sector; Hazardous Materials 

Endorsement for a Commercial Driver's License, 72 FR 3492 (Jan. 25, 




    This NPRM that is the subject of this public meeting, which would 

require owners and operators of certain types of vessels and facilities 

to use electronic TWIC readers, would advance the goals of the TWIC 

program. In crafting the proposals in the NPRM, the Coast Guard 

conducted a risk-based analysis of MTSA-regulated vessels and 

facilities to categorize them into one of three risk groups, labeled A, 

B, and C. Risk Group A is comprised of vessels and facilities that 

present the highest risk of being involved in a transportation security 

incident (TSI).\3\ The NPRM proposes TWIC reader requirements for 

vessels and facilities in Risk Group A. Under the NPRM, vessels and 

facilities in Risk Groups B and C present progressively lower risks, 

and would continue to follow existing regulatory requirements for 

visual TWIC inspection.



    \3\ A transportation security incident is a security incident 

resulting in a significant loss of life, environmental damage, 

transportation system disruption, or economic disruption in a 

particular area, as defined in 46 U.S.C. 70101 (49 CFR 1572.103).



    The Coast Guard believes that in addition to receiving written 

comments on the NPRM, a public meeting would benefit the impacted 

community by providing another forum to raise relevant issues. Also, 

the Security and Accountability For Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006 \4\ 

requires the Coast Guard to hold at least one public hearing before 

promulgating final TWIC reader regulations (see 46 U.S.C. 70105(k)(3)). 

This public meeting will further enable the Coast Guard to craft policy 

informed by the public.



    \4\ Public Law 109-347, 120 Stat. 1884 (Oct. 13, 2006).



    We may hold one or more additional public meetings regarding the 

proposals in the NPRM on TWIC reader requirements. We will notify the 

public of the date(s), time(s), location(s), and other details of any 

such meeting(s) by publishing a separate notice in the Federal Register 

as soon as we have information available.

    You may view the NPRM, written comments, and supporting documents 

in the online docket by going to and using 

``USCG-2007-28915'' as your search term. Locate the NPRM among the 

search results and use the filters on the left side of the page to 

search for specific types of documents. If you do not have access to 

the Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket 

Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the 

Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 

Washington, DC 20590, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through 

Friday, except Federal holidays. The Coast Guard has an agreement with 

the Department of Transportation to use its Docket Management Facility.

    We encourage you to participate by submitting comments either 

orally at the meeting or in writing. If you bring written comments to 

the meeting, you may submit them to Coast Guard personnel specified at 

the meeting to receive written comments. These comments will be 

submitted to our online public docket. All comments received will be 

posted without change to and will include 

any personal information you have provided.

    Anyone can search the electronic form of comments received into any 

of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or 

signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, 

business, labor union, or other entity). You may review a Privacy Act 

notice regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of 

the Federal Register (73 FR 3316).