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New bill aims to streamline Transportation Security Administration certification process without compromising safety

The Modernization of Transportation Security Credentialing Act aims to streamline the process of obtaining security credentials for commercial drivers. This is achieved through easy access to multiple certifications required in the freight transportation sector.

Introduced this month, the initiative aims to reduce administrative burden and costs associated with maintaining various security credentials. The bill seeks to streamline the certification process of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) by allowing workers to use valid background checks in multiple accreditation programs managed by the administration itself. Lawmakers explained that policy updates under the legislation would maintain high levels of security.

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Bureaucratic regulations for streamlining processes

Workers in the transportation sector often face a complicated process through the TSA to obtain necessary credentials, such as transportation worker identification and hazardous materials endorsements. This involves multiple applications and background checks, resulting in unnecessary costs and delays. As a result, regulations and bureaucracy affecting workers in the U.S. supply chain are heavily criticized.

Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee, Garret Graves, proposed expediting the process of obtaining security credentials for essential workers, avoiding redundancies in background checks. Graves emphasized that simplifying this process is crucial to addressing the supply chain crisis, reducing costs for consumers, and ensuring that transportation labor can operate efficiently.

Likewise, Congresswoman Dina Titus, a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, supported the proposal to streamline the accreditation process managed by the TSA. She emphasized that supporting essential transportation workers will not only strengthen the economy but also benefit consumers by reducing costs.

Additionally, the American Trucking Association (ATA) and other stakeholders in freight transportation support a bill to simplify processes. ATA President Chris Spear noted that the current system of multiple checks does not improve security and only results in duplicate charges for workers. He applauded the bipartisan effort in the Senate to support transportation workers and maintain supply chain efficiency.

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