Today the Coast Guard published a notice of proposed
rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register (87
FR 74563-74573
) for “Transportation Worker Identification Credential
(TWIC)–Reader  Requirements; Second
Delay of Effective Date”. This rulemaking would extend the enforcement date for
the TWIC
Reader requirements
for facilities the three categories of facilities
related to Certain Dangerous Cargo listed in 33
CFR §105.253
(a) until 2026 and Coast Guard is considering a further
extension
until 2029.

The Coast Guard is soliciting comments on the rulemaking.
Comments may be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal (www.Regulations.gov; Docket # USCG-2022-0052).
Comments should be submitted by January 5th, 2023.

Commentary

There will almost certainly be requests for extending this
date because of the holidays. But the current TWIC Reader enforcement extension
expires on May 23rd and the Coast Guard will need time to review the
comments and ‘formulate’ the final rule, so they will be reluctant to extend
the comment date. Having said that, the OMB
did approve
the publication of this rulemaking (consistent with change)
back on October 26th. It took the Coasties an exceptionally long
time to move from that approval to publication of the rule today. Much of that
time could have been used to allow for more complete industry commentary.

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