Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Transportation ID program lacks a reliable disaster recovery plan, GAO says

Replacing smart cards after power outage at TWIC data processing center could cost $26 million

The Homeland Security Department enrolled more 1.1 million workers in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program by its April 15, 2009, deadline for issuing the biometric ID cards to access secure port facilities. But the lack of a disaster recovery program on the part of the Transportation Security Administration allowed a power outage at a data processing center to interrupt the process and eventually could require the replacement of up to 410,000 of the smart cards.

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