TWIC Still Valid to Access DOT Facilities
Recent media coverage has given the impression that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) will no longer accept the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) for access to DOD facilities. This is NOT accurate. The DOD announcement that was made is not for physical access to DOD facilities, but rather for access into the department's websites, including its Electronic Transportation Acquisition (ETA) site. The new policy will require users to have a PKI instead of using their TWIC as a passcode key. DOD’s Intelligence Office has determined that the TWIC encryption standard is not as secure and robust as that required under the PKI. Thus, DOD will suspend the use of the TWIC for access to DOD websites starting on January 29, 2013. THIS POLICY DOES NOT AFFECT THE CONTINUED USE OF THE TWIC FOR GAINING ACCESS TO DOD FACILITIES. You can read the DOD Federal Register notice here. Carriers needing access to the DOD websites, including the ETA, should not delay in applying for a PKI.