ATA Comments on TSA's Proposed Rule for HME and TWIC Fee Flexibility
On Monday, July 30, ATA submitted comments to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for fees related to the Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). TSA proposes to change its process for establishing specific costs for both the HME and TWIC Security Threat Assessment (STA) to facilitate increasing or decreasing fees related to these programs. ATA outlined that rather than focusing on greater flexibility on fees, the agency should concentrate on combining the programs to eliminate duplication, provide mutual recognition for the programs as mandated by law, and continue to publish the specific fees in the Code of Federal Regulations to offer greater transparency and eliminate any potential volatility in fee changes. For a copy of the comments please click here.