Background checks of port workers conducted by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) aren’t as reliable or effective as they could be, according to a new report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Office.

The watchdog concluded that there is not sufficient oversight or guidance for the Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) program, which conducts background checks and issues credentials for workers entering secure areas at the nation’s ports.

The TSA has issued more than 3.5 million biometric credentials to individuals needing unescorted access to secure port areas since October 2015.

The report, released Friday, found that fraud detection techniques are not being monitored, quality controls are missing, guidance is inadequate and credentials may be issued even under questionable circumstances.

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