TSA to halt issuing TWIC cards next week

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by Nick Ochsner, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 16 at 7:00 PM

NORFOLK- The Transportation Security Administration will stop issuing, replacing or activating TWIC Cards starting Tuesday, April 22nd.

The agency posted on its website that the moratorium is due to technology upgrades aimed at improving reliability of the cards.

TWIC services will be unavailable until May 4th, according to the website.

The move comes on the heels of increased scrutiny of the cards in the wake of last month's shooting at Naval Station Norfolk.

In that shooting, Navy officials say Jeffrey Savage used a TWIC card to access base and get to Pier One, where he ultimately killed MA2 Mark Mayo.

Savage was able to get a TWIC card despite having been released from prison on a manslaughter charge in 2010 and serving time in a federal facility after that for violating terms of his release on an earlier federal drug charge.

Those convictions and recent jail time should have disqualified him from being approved for a TWIC card according to rules posted on the TSA website. But anyone can apply for a waiver to the rules.

 

 

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