TSA, Coast Guard Preparing Pilot Tests For TWIC Readers

Card reader technology has been one of top hold-ups for TWIC roll-out

Coscia said the pilot projects will be disruptive, at least initially, to port and vessel operations. Therefore, he said, these disruptions should be considered as the port's "in-kind" contributions for the pilots, waiving the need for the 25 percent match. The ports have already made a request from Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for the cash waiver, he added.