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

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


(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 Senate

2 April 2012

Senate Committee on Finance
Attn. Editorial and Document Section
Rm. SD-219
Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510-6200

To: US Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chair: US Senate Finance Committee, Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility & Economic Growth

From: Massachusetts Genealogical Council, Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt, CGSM, President

Re: Testimony for hearing on "Tax Fraud by Identity Theft, Part 2: Status, Progress, and Potential Solutions," regarding the Identity Theft and Tax Fraud Prevention Act (S.1534), held Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 10:00 AM, 215 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

The Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC) is an umbrella organization representing more than 36,000 members of genealogical and historical societies who utilize current and historical records to determine kinship. Whether residents of the Commonwealth or descendants of early Massachusetts settlers now living in all fifty states, we wish the Social Security Death Master File (DMF) to remain un-redacted and accessible to the public.

Senate Bill 1534 goes a long way in curbing tax fraud by correcting some of the more egregious problems within the IRS and in law enforcement practices, particularly in Florida, where the bulk of the abuse takes place. The one measure that will hinder rather than help this effort is removal of access to the Death Master File. 

While we are in agreement that there are significant problems within the Social Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, and local law enforcement, we need to ensure that legislation proposed to rectify this problem will not have dangerous, if unintended, consequences.

As a tool for research in the genealogical field, the Death Master File is used to determine kinship in myriad ways, just a few of which follow.

Last modified on
Hits: 61289
Rate this blog entry: