SOURCE: TSA

November 15, 2007 14:38 ET

Port of Port Arthur Workers Begin Enrollment for Federal Security Credential

PORT ARTHUR, TX--(Marketwire - November 15, 2007) - Port workers, longshore workers, truckers and others at the port of Port Arthur will begin enrolling tomorrow in the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program. The program's goal is to ensure that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a security threat.

Approximately 4,900 workers are expected to enroll in the program. Nationwide, more than 1 million workers with unescorted access to secure areas will apply during the rest of 2007 and in 2008.

"The start of enrollment is one more step in our effort to prevent persons who are a threat from gaining access to secure areas of port facilities," said Maurine Fanguy, TWIC program director for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). "We appreciate the support of our partners at the port of Port Arthur for helping to make one of the world's most advanced interoperable biometric systems a reality."

Port Arthur is one of the first ports to begin enrollment in the nationwide program. Ultimately, TSA will establish fixed enrollment centers at 147 ports and will deploy mobile enrollment centers to dozens of other locations as needed.

Workers at the port of Port Arthur are able to pre-enroll for TWIC online at www.tsa.gov/twic or the Coast Guard's Homeport site, http://homeport.uscg.mil. Pre-enrolling speeds up the process by allowing workers to provide biographic information and schedule a time to complete the application process in person. This eliminates waiting at enrollment centers and reduces the time it takes to enroll each individual.