Transportation Security Screening Modernization Act would make credentialing process more efficient, eliminate redundancies  

WASHINGTON – The Border Trade Alliance today joined peer organizations across the trade, transportation, and logistics sectors in urging Congress to pass the Transportation Security Screening Modernization Act, legislation that would streamline the background check process required for workers to secure their Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME).  

The legislation would codify decades-old recommendations by harmonizing the TWIC and HME background check systems and allow applicants to seek enrollment in multiple security threat assessment programs at the same time and under a reduced fee structure.  

“If we’re serious about making our supply chains stronger and more resilient, we can start by dramatically improving the security program application process for our workers,” Border Trade Alliance President Ms. Britton Mullen said. “Having multiple programs subject to the same background check but with different regulatory requirements increases red tape and drives up costs. Our truck drivers, warehouse workers, and other logistics professionals deserve better. The Border Trade Alliance urges both parties in Congress to swiftly pass this bill and send it to the president.”  

Since 1986, the BTA has served as a grassroots, non-profit organization that provides a forum for discussion and advocacy on issues pertaining to border development and quality of life and trade in the Americas. A network of public and private sector representatives from the United States, Mexico and Canada, BTA’s core values include a commitment to improving the quality of life of border communities through trade and commerce. The BTA is online at and @borderalliance. 

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