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The Transport Workers Identification Card in the US has been panned by a range of shipping and port figures as being unwieldly and unworkable. Introduced in the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks, the Department of Homeland Security has spent more than a decade trying to make a pilot programme work and has so far utterly failed – that is the conclusion of a recently published Government Accountability Office report, which described the DHS’s findings as “not always supported by the pilot data, or based on incomplete or unreliable data”.

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