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NTTC, others again seek streamlined security screening

Dec. 8, 2023
Coalition of more than 150 supply chain stakeholders urges Congress to pass H.R. 5840, which would eliminate redundant TSA fees and background checks for transportation workers

National Tank Truck Carriers is renewing its call for streamlined driver credentialing.

The trade association recently joined American Trucking Associations and more than 150 other organizations representing key supply chain stakeholders to urge Congress to pass the Transportation Security Screening Modernization Act, or H.R. 5840, introduced by a bipartisan group of representatives in September in the latest effort to eliminate redundant fees and background checks for essential transportation workers.

If it’s passed, the act would allow workers to enroll in more than one Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-managed credentialing program, such as the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and Hazardous Materials Endorsement (HME) threat assessment programs, at the same time, with one background check.

“NTTC and many other stakeholders think we can do better,” Will Lusk, NTTC director of education and government relations, told Bulk Transporter. “If we can streamline the process, so we have one application visit, one application fee, and one expiration date for those credentials, we can ensure getting credentialed is as seamless as possible for drivers—without jeopardizing the safety and security of the United States.”

See also: NTTC comments on proposed HMR modernization

The bill, which seeks to codify Government Accountability Office recommendations that date back to 2007—and were reaffirmed three years ago in a comprehensive assessment conducted by the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center—was introduced by Reps. Garret Graves (R-La.) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.), along with Reps. Mark Green (R-Tenn.), Michael Guest (R-Miss.), Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.), and Dina Titus (D-Nev.).

“Subjecting essential supply chain workers to the same exact background check multiple times in order to receive different credentials from the same agency does nothing to enhance security,” Chris Spear, ATA president and CEO, said in a news release. “This system only serves to pad government coffers by forcing truckers and other transportation workers to pay duplicative fees for a background check they’ve already cleared.

“Congress should not allow the inefficiencies of government bureaucracy to impede the efficiency of our supply chain, especially at the expense of those hardworking men and women who keep our economy running.”

The harmonization of duplicative and redundant background checks in the United States is among NTTC’s Tier 1 legislative and regulatory priorities, emphasizing the urgent need to address the issue, the association maintained. Along with saving companies time and money, H.R. 5840 would permit a streamlined credential renewal process and align the expiration dates for those individuals participating in multiple TSA programs.

See also: Coalition pressures Congress to streamline TSA credentialing

“NTTC is fully supportive of the Transportation Security Screening Modernization Act—a common sense solution to address time and financial burdens for credentialing tank truck drivers,” Lusk said. “On behalf of America’s tank truck carriers and fleets, the association is grateful for the leadership of Reps. Graves, Smith, Titus, Green, Carbajal, and Guest for spearheading H.R. 5840. At a time where truck driver shortages are affecting the deliveries of vital commodities, this bill provides much needed relief that will ultimately benefit the American public at large.”

This long-overdue reform would reduce costs and hassles for workers like truck drivers, pipeline operators, longshoremen, and warehouse managers, among many others, who must obtain these credentials as a condition of employment, ATA added.

The bill does not make any modifications to the back-end security assessment conducted on individual applicants.

“Ridiculous regulations and red tape have crushed America’s supply chain workers,” Graves said. “We need to expedite the time it takes to put an essential worker into our workforce, not requiring people to stand in line for security credentials only to have them get back in line to obtain a redundant background check for another TSA credential. The supply chain crisis has contributed to higher consumer costs and shortages, and this effort is part of the solution to make sure our transportation workforce is able to work at full speed.

“I look forward to working with this strong group of bipartisan lawmakers to ensure that this legislation strengthens our economy and supply chain while reducing costs and headaches.”

Supporting organizations include:

  1. AATCO
  2. Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference
  3. Agricultural Retailers Association
  4. AgTC Agriculture Transportation Coalition
  5. Alabama Trucking Association
  6. Alaska Fuel Storage and Handlers Alliance
  7. Alaska Trucking Association
  8. Allied Van Lines
  9. American Association of Port Authorities
  10. American Chemistry Council
  11. American Pyrotechnics Association
  12. American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association
  13. American Trucking Associations
  14. Arizona Moving Association
  15. Arizona Petroleum Marketers Association
  16. Arizona Trucking Association
  17. Arkansas Oil Marketers Association, Inc.
  18. Arkansas Trucking Association
  19. Association of American Railroads
  20. Automobile Carriers Conference
  21. Baggett Transportation
  22. Border Trade Alliance
  23. California Trucking Association
  24. Colorado Motor Carriers Association
  25. Colorado Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association
  26. Connecticut Energy Marketers Association
  27. Delaware Motor Transport Association
  28. Empire State Energy Association, Inc.
  29. Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island
  30. Energy Marketers of America
  31. Florida Petroleum Marketers Association, Inc.
  32. Florida Trucking Association
  33. Fresh Produce Association of the Americas
  34. FUELIowa
  35. Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey
  36. Fuel True: Independent Energy and Convenience of Kansas
  37. Fueling Minnesota
  38. Garner Trucking Ltd
  39. Gases and Welding Distributors Association
  40. Georgia Motor Trucking Association
  41. Georgia Oilmen’s Association
  42. Government Freight Conference
  43. Harbor Trucking Association
  44. Hawaii Energy Marketers Association
  45. Hawaii Transportation Association
  46. Idaho Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association
  47. Idaho Trucking Association
  48. Illinois Fuel & Retail Association
  49. Illinois Trucking Association
  50. Indiana Food & Fuel Association
  51. Indiana Motor Truck Association
  52. Institute of Makers of Explosives
  53. Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference
  54. International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  55. International Longshore and Warehouse Union Washington Area District Council
  56. Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
  57. Iowa Motor Truck Association
  58. Kansas Motor Carriers Association
  59. Kentucky Petroleum Marketers Association
  60. Kentucky Trucking Association
  61. Louisiana Motor Transport Association
  62. Louisiana Oil Marketers and Convenience Store Association
  63. Lynden Inc.
  64. Maine Energy Marketers Association
  65. Maine Motor Transport Association
  66. Maryland Motor Truck Association
  67. Michigan Petroleum Association / Michigan Association of Convenience Stores
  68. Michigan Trucking Association
  69. Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Distributors’ Association
  70. Minnesota Trucking Association
  71. Mississippi Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Stores Association
  72. Mississippi Trucking Association
  73. Missouri Petroleum & Convenience Association
  74. Missouri Trucking Association
  75. Montana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association
  76. Montana Trucking Association
  77. Motor Transport Association of Connecticut
  78. Moving and Storage Conference
  79. National Association of Chemical Distributors
  80. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
  81. National Energy & Fuels Institute
  82. National Industrial Transportation League
  83. National Motor Freight Traffic Association
  84. National Private Truck Council
  85. National Propane Gas Association
  86. National Tank Truck Carriers
  87. National Van Lines
  88. NATSO, Representing America’s Travel Plazas and Truckstops
  89. Nebraska Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association
  90. Nebraska Trucking Association
  91. Nevada Trucking Association
  92. New England Convenience Store & Energy Marketers Association
  93. New Hampshire Motor Transport Association
  94. New Jersey Motor Truck Association
  95. New Mexico Petroleum Marketers Association
  96. New Mexico Trucking Association
  97. North American Van Lines
  98. North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers
  99. North Carolina Trucking Association
  100. North Dakota Petroleum Marketers Association
  101. North Dakota Motor Carriers Association
  102. Ohio Energy & Convenience Association
  103. Ohio Trucking Association
  104. Oklahoma Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association
  105. Oklahoma Trucking Association
  106. Oregon Fuels Association
  107. Oregon Trucking Associations
  108. Paxton Van Lines
  109. Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association
  110. Pennsylvania Petroleum Association
  111. Petroleum & Convenience Marketers of Alabama
  112. Prestera Trucking Inc.
  113. PTS Worldwide, Inc.
  114. Radiopharmaceutical Shippers & Carriers Committee
  115. Railway Supply Institute
  116. Reify Solutions
  117. Republic Moving & Storage
  118. Rhode Island Trucking Association
  119. SIGMA: America's Leading Fuel Marketers
  120. SJ Transportation
  121. South Carolina Convenience & Petroleum Marketers Association
  122. South Carolina Trucking Association
  123. South Dakota Petroleum & Propane Marketers Association
  124. South Dakota Trucking Association
  125. Tennessee Fuel and Convenience Store Association
  126. Tennessee Trucking Association
  127. Texas Food & Fuel Association
  128. Texas Trucking Association
  129. Transportation Intermediaries Association
  130. Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO
  131. Tri-State Motor Transit Co.
  132. Trucking Association of Massachusetts
  133. Trucking Association of New York
  134. Truckload Carriers Association
  135. U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  136. Utah Petroleum Marketers & Retailers Association
  137. Utah Trucking Association
  138. Vermont Fuel Dealers Association
  139. Vermont Truck and Bus Association
  140. Virginia Petroleum & Convenience Marketers Association
  141. Virginia Trucking Association
  142. Washington Independent Energy Distributors
  143. Washington Movers Conference
  144. Washington State Labor Council
  145. Washington Trucking Associations
  146. West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association
  147. West Virginia Trucking Association
  148. Western Petroleum Marketers Association
  149. Wisconsin Fuel and Retail Association
  150. Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association
  151. Women in Motion
  152. Wyoming Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association
  153. Wyoming Trucking Association
  154. 3GL, Ltd.