Recent Blog Posts

bpl postcard
The Value of Open Public Records
Records and Repositories
Rate this blog entry:
10849762 815727755140585 6825543623968073505 n
MGC's NERGC Panel on Open Records: Citizens Can Make a Difference
General Legislation
Rate this blog entry:
How many deaths before the SSDI gets updated again?
Legislation Federal
Rate this blog entry:

MGC Blog Tag Cloud

Transparency blog diagnosis IAJGS Billie Fogarty funding Judy Russell seminar Arkansas RPAC Rep. Richard Nugent (FL) Helen Shaw Social Security Administration Records Access Teresa Scott State Library NFOIC Presenters FGS Conference Sponsors Melinde Byrne open access Ethnicity DMF medical profile Jan Meisels Allen Ancestry Genealogy medical pedigree Rhode Island access Legislative IRS Annual Meeting and Seminar FamilySearch S-1534 War of 1812 Federal threats to access NEHGS inheritable disease Bruce Cohen Vital Records IAJGS legislation Virginia health history Oklahoma Kenneth Ryesky HR3475 mail forwarding Virginia Senate family medical history Annual Meeting Congress SSA Health pedigree Public Records Stan Nyberg Linda McCleary SSA NAPHSIS Access award budget Legal Genealogist Arkansas Jan Alpert Education Jan Meisels Allen SSDI Instruction State archives MGC State legislation records access archives FOIA Randy Seaver David Rencher outreach IGS 2012 NGS legislators HR3475 Richard McCoy budget cuts Fred Moss identity fraud Alfred DeMaria Lou Szucs Harold Henderson Delaware ISJGS civil records threats to access Georgia Henning Jacobson land records FGS volunteerism Jacobson v Massachusetts Rep. Sam Johnson (TX) Michael J. Astrue Donna Holt Siemiatoski APG Barbara Mathews pensions Speakers Newsletter DMF RPAC fraud Georgia Archives sysoon introduction legislation humane New Hampshire Lame Duck records access Tax Fraud New Hampshire Free New Jersey Vendors Programs Richard Nugent Pennsylvania Death Master File Open Access Rep. Michael Capuano (MA) DPH State House closures Identity Theft Registration Thomas MacEntee TIGTA audit Civil Records Advocacy Tennessee Congress public access 2012 Seminar S1534 volunteers HR295 Massachusetts 2014 Seminar legislation Massachusetts Records Access smallpox HR6205 DMF; SSDI; Tax Fraud; legislation HR 295 Presidential Citation SSDI Elections NERGC APG Roundtable Mary Ellen Grogran Society Showcase Annual Seminar records access Annual Seminar Sharon Sergeant S3432 Georgia Alvie Davidson Advocacy Tennessee Kate Auspitz online registration communication FGS family traits Public Records


(Online donations available
after website update in 2016.)
MGC has been recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). Gifts of support are fully tax-deductible and donors will receive a written acknowledgement for tax purposes.

MGC Sentinel logo MGC Sentinel Logo

MGC Sentinel

Keeping Watch Over Massachusetts Public Records

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login
    Login Login form
Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in Rep. Richard Nugent (FL)

USHouse in session gov doc

The U.S. House of Representatives in session,

Every indication so far is that this year will again see efforts to close the SSDI in two ways: first by legislation to close it for three years to all but fraud investigators; second by legislation to make the Freedom of Information Act inapplicable to the Social Security Administration (it was by FOIA that the SSDI was opened two decades ago). Either method would work against genealogists.

On Capitol Hill, Rep. Sam Johnson (R TX 3) was reappointed chair of the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. The announcement can be read at

At this time, at least one bill has been filed using text that would close the SSDI for two to three years. Rep. Richard Nugent (R FL 11) filed this bill, known as H.R.295. You can use the Library of Congress THOMAS portal to find the bill’s text and to track its passage at Select “bill number” and type in HR295. The resulting page will provide many access points: to the bill text, to the current committee assignments, etc.

Rep. Mike Capuano (D MA 7) is planning to submit a similar bill. His office has been approached by immigration and tax people in government to submit a bill covering their issues. We were able to contact his Issues Director Kate Auspitz in order to pass on information showing that the core issue is inter-agency communication rather than access to the social security numbers of dead people. We made a case for genealogical access during the critical three-year waiting period for compassionate reasons.

While Congressman Capuano sees merit in our arguments, we will need to make those arguments again at the committee hearings in order to have change happen. We explained that such testimony had been purposefully cut off last year. His office pointed out that he is in the political minority in the House and not able to force a committee chair to permit our testimony. We need to keep our community ready to submit testimony and to be able to articulate the issues when the time comes. So how do we learn that?

Last modified on
Hits: 81767
Rate this blog entry: