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April 16, 2008 11:15 AM, EDT

Feds Set to Meet With SoCal Port Officials on TWIC Enrollment

Federal officials and Port of Long Beach, Calif., executives were scheduled to meet privately this week to develop measures aimed at boosting local enrollment for the government’s Transportation Worker Identification program, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported Tuesday.

About 16,000 people have signed up for the federal security card since registration began Dec. 12 at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the paper said, citing the Transportation Security Administration.

That figure is far fewer than the 100,000 local truck drivers, longshoreman, port employees and others who will need to register for TWIC by Sept. 25 to gain access to the port complex, the nation’s largest, the Press-Telegram reported.

Officials from both ports, the TSA, local unions, shippers and trucking companies were expected to map out plans to dispatch “mobile enrollment units” to union halls and port terminals, the paper said.