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TSA and State of Florida Team Up to Tighten Seaport Security

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Florida state House and Senate leaders, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles announced a groundbreaking new partnership today to strengthen security at the State’s seaports. The partnership, formalized in a Memorandum of Agreement signed in mid-February, will define requirements for background checks and state-of-the-art identification credentials for truck drivers, dockworkers and others who require unescorted access to the secure areas of the seaports. TSA will provide the infrastructure of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), which offers a giant leap in transportation security by balancing the needs of commerce and individual privacy with those of security. The program provides a high-tech credential that verifies workers’ identities and ties each worker to a background check to ensure that high-risk individuals are denied access to sensitive areas of the nation’s transportation system. “This partnership is an example of what can be accomplished when federal and state governments work together,” stated Lolie Kull, TSA’s program manager for TWIC. “By pooling our resources and expertise, Florida will be helping TSA take the next step in its effort to implement a national credentialing program for the transportation workforce.” Full Story

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