Congress' watchdog: Ex-cons could be working at US ports

Port security is the first line in the country’s defence. 
John Gallagher, Special Correspondent

Lax oversight by regulators has made it possible that maritime workers with criminal backgrounds are working at US ports, according to a government watchdog.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General on Friday released an audit of the Transportation Security Administration Transportation Worker Identification Credential system that said the TSA does not provide enough oversight or guidance to guarantee the card is effective. As a result, “there is a risk that someone with major criminal or immigration offenses maintains access to secured areas of maritime facilities,” the report states.

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