TWIC background checks could be better, says DHS office
14 September 2016 15:03 GMT

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General has found in a new report that TSA’s leadership, responsible for issuing Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC), does not provide sufficient oversight and guidance to ensure that the TWIC program operates effectively.

The DHS IG writes that fraud detection techniques are not monitored and used in completing the background check, and that key quality assurance and internal control procedures are missing from the background check and terrorism vetting processes.

“There is a risk that someone with major criminal or immigration offenses maintains access to secured areas of maritime facilities”, adds the body in its report.

The report contains five recommendations aimed at improving the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) oversight of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program.

These include a recommendation that the TSA identify a cross-functional coordinating entity with authority, responsibility, and accountability to provide regular guidance and leadership across all Security Threat Assessment processes and supporting offices.

The DHS IG also says the Assistant Administrator, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Transportation Security Administration should conduct a comprehensive risk analysis of the Security Threat Assessment processes.

In conclusion, the DHS IG writes that the TSA has concurred with all five recommendations and has already begun implementing corrective actions.

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