Recent Blog Posts

bpl postcard
The Value of Open Public Records
Records and Repositories
Rate this blog entry:
0
10849762 815727755140585 6825543623968073505 n
MGC's NERGC Panel on Open Records: Citizens Can Make a Difference
General Legislation
Rate this blog entry:
0
b2ap3_thumbnail_3560856061_20a83080d0_z.jpg
How many deaths before the SSDI gets updated again?
Legislation Federal
Rate this blog entry:

MGC Blog Tag Cloud

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

SUPPORT MGC Today!

(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

Update from Public Records Access Monitoring Committee of IAJGS

Posted by on in Uncategorized
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 53660
  • 1 Comment
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print
Jan Meisels Allen of the International Association of Jewish Genealogy Societies, and member of the Records Preservation Access Committee (RPAC) keeps abreast of developments that interest anyone concerned with access to public records. She sent out this update and we thought we should republish, with Jan's permission, of course.
The US Congress is starting on their "summer vacation" and your elected US Senator and Congressperson will be home.  Getting to know your elected representative is very important--and if you are concerned about continued records access including the Social Security Death Index and that genealogists are NOT the cause of identity theft, there is no better time to make an appointment to meet with your representative and their staff.  2012 is an election year--the entire House of Representatives and 1/3 of the US Senate -- your society is made up of their constituents -- use this time wisely to get to know your elected officials and they to get to know you and your society!
 
The issue of identity theft and the Death Master File, also known under the commercial version, Social Security Death Index (SSDI)  has been discussed on this forum previously- with 4 bills having been introduced late last year: HR 3475 (Johnson R-TX); S 1534 (Nelson, D-FL),
HR 3482 (Castor D-FL) and HR 3215 (Castor-D-FL and Nugent R-FL).  On July 26, 2012 two more bills were introduced, interestingly by some of the same authors of the bills already introduced:

 S 3432 (Nelson D-FL, co-sponsored by Senator Tom Coburn R-OK)  click on: 
http://tinyurl.com/d46t7z4
 or see original url:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112s3432is/pdf/BILLS-112s3432is.pdf

 and HR 6205 (Nugent -R-FL) click on: http://tinyurl.com/8uq9kos
 or see original url:
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr6205ih/pdf/BILLS-112hr6205ih.pdf

Both of these new bills contain provisions for "certification" and a waiting period of 2 years. This is similar to the bills both authors also introduced in 2011 [S 1534 and H 3215] . The reason for introducing similar bills in 2012 as in 2011 may be as simple as the first bills did not receive a hearing and they wanted the bills to be on the "radar" of the committees they have been assigned.  As IAJGS learns more about these bills information about any potential hearing or other information will be posted to this forum.

IAJGS submitted statements on their position to earlier hearings on the issue of identity theft and the Death Master File/SSDI  --the hearings were not on specific bills, and their statements may be viewed at the Legislative Alert that is posted to their website at http://www.iajgs.org/pramc/Latest_Alert.pdf 

While this alert was updated in late May it is still valid regarding the issue of SSDI/Death Master File.  An updated Legislative Alert will be forthcoming shortly and when it is updated it will be announced on this forum.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

I want to thank Jan for her timely updates and informed communications directed towards the genealogical community.

Last modified on
Rate this blog entry:

Polly FitzGerald Kimmitt is a Board-certified genealogist specializing in Massachusetts research. She has been taking clients for sixteen years and researches a variety of topics from Mayflower lineages to locating townlands of Irish immigrants. She is a case worker under contract to the US Army on repatriation cases, helping to locate family members of servicemen missing or killed in previous conflicts. She currently serves as a director at Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), and editor of the FGS Voice Newsletter, and is past president of MGC. You can read her personal blog at http://pk-pollybog.blogspot.com.

Comments

  • Barbara Mathews
    Barbara Mathews Monday, 06 August 2012

    Thank you, Jan, for a great update! I hadn't thought that we could find our representatives and senators at home. This is useful news.

Leave your comment

Guest
Guest Saturday, 25 March 2017