October 16, 2013 8:15 AM, EDT

TWIC, Hazmat Background Checks Unaffected by Government Shutdown

The Transportation Worker Identification Credential and the Hazardous Materials Endorsement background-check programs have not been affected by the government shutdown, American Trucking Associations officials confirmed.

“We had gotten a call from somebody saying that maybe there was an issue,” said Martin Rojas, vice president of security and operations for ATA. “We checked with [the Transportation Security Administration], and they said everything is moving on their end. It’s not an issue.”

TSA told ATA that the TWIC and HME enrollment centers remain open during normal hours of operation. The programs are self-funded and fee-based and therefore not impacted by government appropriations.