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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AC80 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: TWIC--Reader Requirements; Second Delay of Effective Date  

On August 23, 2016, the Coast Guard issued a final rule, requiring owners and operators of certain vessels and facilities regulated by the Coast Guard to conduct electronic inspections of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) as an access control measure (81 FR 57651).  On August 2, 2018, the TWIC Credential Accountability Act of 2018 was enacted.  It prohibited implementation of the 2016 rule until after the Coast Guard submitted a report reviewing the security value of the TWIC program.  On March 9, 2020, Coast Guard published its first TWIC delay rule (85 FR 13493).  On December 6, 2022, we proposed to  further delay portions of the  2016 final rule for  three categories of facilities until  May 8, 2026, or later depending on the outcome of the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC) study and consideration of public comments.  On December 23, 2022, the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023 was enacted.  Its Section 11804  directs  the Secretary  not to implement the 2016 final rule  for covered facilities before May 8, 2026.  On April 17, 2023, the Coast Guard published a conforming amendment rule that removed pre-May 2026, CFR implementation dates for facilities covered by this legislation (88 FR 23349),  The Coast Guard plans to issue a final rule to respond to comments from the NPRM and address whether the implementation date should be set beyond May 8, 2026.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 105   
Legal Authority: Pub. L.107-295    Pub. L. 117-263   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/06/2022  87 FR 74563   
NPRM Comment Period End  01/05/2023 
Final Rule  02/00/2024 
Additional Information: Docket Number USCG-2022-0052
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 1625-AC47 
Agency Contact:
Lieutenant Commander Jeffrey Bender
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
Office of Port & Facility Compliance (CG-FAC-2), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Stop 0007,
Washington, DC 20593-0007
Phone:202 372-1114