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house Bill H.R. 2720

The Death of the Death Master File

Argument in favor

Would help reduce fraud extending from identity theft. Has the potential to save taxpayer dollars.

Argument opposed

Would make States sole owners of death data, with no ability to cross-check records.

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      house Committees
      Social Security
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJuly 18th, 2013

What is House Bill H.R. 2720?

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. 


The bill impacts the Social Security Administration's Death Master File, access to death records, and identity theft.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2720

A CBO cost is currently unavailable.

More Information


Alexis Agin Identity Theft Protection Act of 2013

Official Title

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.

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