Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS submitted a statement for the record pertaining to the February 2, 2012 hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Social Security on the Death Master File, whose commercial version is known as the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). This was the hearing where the genealogical community was told we were not invited to testify- but could
submit a written a statement before the hearing record closed on February 16. The statement was submitted on February 14. Additionally, IAJGS submitted a letter to each member of the Subcommittee on February 16. Both documents are included in the updated IAJGS Legislative Alert dated February 17 which can be accessed at: http://www.iajgs.org/pramc/legislation.html and click on Legislative Alert.
The Legislative Alert also contains information on the genealogical communities response to being the "scapegoat" for identity theft at the hearing. There are links to the SSDI Action Kit on the Records Preservation and Access Committee website (fgs.org/rpac) and links to the archived video of the February 2 hearing. If you only want to get a "flavor" of how the genealogical community was perceived, listen to: Michael John Neill's extrapolation of 5 minutes of Social Security Administrator Astrue on John's blog:
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee