[US] Social Security Administration Ceases Letter Forwarding Program

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

Since 1945 the US Social Security Administration provided the service of forwarding a letter to a missing person under circumstances involving a matter of great importance, such as a death or serious illness in the missing person's immediate family, or a sizeable amount of money that is due the missing person. To read what they did go to: http://www.ssa.gov/foia/html/ltrfwding.htm.

The Social Security Administration noticed in the Federal Register on April 17 that this service is being terminated effective May 19, 2014. The reasons given was in recent years the internet provided locator resources through social media, websites and pay for locator services. They noted it is a cost-saving mechanism and in line with the Internal Revenue Service, which terminated their letter forwarding service August 31, 2012.  To read the notice go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-04-17/pdf/2014-08808.pdf

Thank you to Ken Ryesky, Member, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee for alerting us to this announcement.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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