US & Canadian Coast Guards Team Up To Break Ice In The Great Lakes Region
As the winter season carries on, the formation of ice in Great Lakes region presents a serious challenge to the flow of maritime commerce. In an effort to keep maritime transportation systems operational, the US Coast Guard has teamed up with the Canadian Coast Guard in an effort to provide […]
How To Sign Up For The TSA Pre-Check Program
In April, we brought you a story on the TSA’s efforts to expand it’s Pre-Check Program to civilian employees of the Department of Defense (DOD) and Coast Guard. As mentioned in the previous article, this effort comes in an attempt to ease the hassle of security check lines in many major US airports. TSA Jim McKinney points out in an article for the Federal Times, “the expansion is in line with TSA’s partnership with the military and is part of a risk-based approach to airport security.”
When the TSA first began the Pre-Check program in 2011, it was only open to civilians like Zachary Bromwell, who was selected to participate in the program this past Spring. In December, the TSA granted military personnel access to the Pre-Check program by using their DoD Identification number when booking flights. However, until April 15, no provision was made for civilian employees of the Coast Guard or Department of Defense. Now that the program has been extended, how does one sign up for this fast track program and what is to be expected?
As an accountant, Zachary Bromwell is not a civilian employee of the DoD or Coast Guard. However, his insight on the process of signing up for this program is very valuable. As we mentioned before, civilians have been using this program since 2011. “The application process was easy”, says Bromwell. He says that most of the process took place on the TSA’s website and application included questions about criminal and mental histories.
Once Bromwell completed both the application process, he received access in the Spring of 2014. Since that time, Bromwell has traveled to New Orleans using this program. He says the process was quicker having to deal with “much shorter lines.” While the program helps to cut down on long security lines, Bromwell mentions that there are still measures taken to keep some level of security. He recounts his hands being swabbed for bomb and gun residue.
Have you signed up for the program since it opened to civilian Dod and Coast Guard employees? How has your experience been so far? Would you be interested in signing up if you have not already? Share your experience in the comment box below. If you have questions about the Pre-Check program, please visit the TSA’s Pre-Check Application Program website.
Coast Guard implements new screening standard for victim advocates
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard’s Director of Health, Safety and Work-Life announced Tuesday the implementation of new and more stringent screening criteria that resulted in removal of the victim advocate designation from 76 active-duty personnel performing that collateral duty.