SOURCE: TSA

November 06, 2007 16:54 ET

Preview of the Start of TWIC Enrollment at Port of Oakland

For Planning Purposes Only; Not for Publication or Broadcast

OAKLAND, CA--(Marketwire - November 6, 2007) - On Thursday, Nov. 8, port workers, longshore workers, truckers and others at the Port of Oakland, Calif., will become the first workers in the region to enroll 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.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Coast Guard and Port of Oakland will provide an opportunity for media to preview enrollment the day prior to the start of general enrollment. Reporters will see port employees providing their biographical and biometric information so they can receive their credential. There will also be an opportunity to conduct one-on-one interviews with TSA, Coast Guard and Port of Oakland officials about the program.

Port specific b-roll is available at http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php.

WHO:    Darrin Kayser, Spokesperson, Transportation Security Administration
        LTJG Anya F. Hunter, Spokesperson, U.S. Coast Guard
        Michael O'Brien, Port Facilities Security Officer
        Jon Rambeau, director of Identity and Access Management
         Solutions, Lockheed Martin

WHAT:   Preview of the start of TWIC enrollment at the Port of Oakland.
        Reporters will be able to get video of workers enrolling and
        conduct one-on-one interviews with top TSA, Coast Guard and port
        officials.

WHEN:   Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007
        9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. b-roll of enrollment center
        10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Interviews at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

WHERE:  11 Burma Road; 94607-1010