This bill would eliminate the required publication of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Death Master File (DMF), a database containing many of the death records the SSA obtains for use in administering benefits. Under the bill, only deaths older than three years would be published in the DMF, were the bill enacted. Federal publication of the DMF wold end on January 1st, 2019, with deaths becoming state, not federal, data. A bill summary with the bill's full provisions is provided below.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
House Committee on Ways and MeansSocial SecurityIntroducedJuly 18th, 2013
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What is it?
The bill impacts the Social Security Administration's Death Master File, access to death records, and identity theft.
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Alexis Agin Identity Theft Protection Act of 2013
To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for the treatment of death information furnished to or maintained by the Social Security Administration, and for other purposes.
Death records should be maintained by the Feds. A single source database to locate dead or missing individuals, trace hereditary or locate family members is a valuable tool. Having to research information from 52 different data sources would be insane. There are safeguards that can be taken to prevent identity theft.