The Department of Commerce, NTIS ( National Technical Information Service), has announced the limited access for the Death Master File (DMF). The commercial version of the Death Master File is known as the Social Security Death Index (SSDI).
Effective close of business on September 302014, the NTIS Temporarily removed from its website the following forms pertaining to certification for the Death Master File:
The Limited Access Death Master File Certification Application Instructions, Limited Access Death Master File Subscriber Certification Form, Limited Access Death Master File Subscriber Agreement, and Limited Access Death Master File Licensee Agreement for Use and Resale.
The temporary removal was due to the Emergency PRA (Paperwork Reduction Act) effective September 30, 2014 until the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) clearance for DMF Certification form under the regular PRA process. OMB is restrained from approval until process completion. That process includes a 60-day comment period announced in the Federal Register on August 22, 2014, which will be complete on October 21, 2014. The notice can be viewed at:
Submit written comments to Jennifer Jessup at JJessup@doc.gov The rest of the process will take an additional 45 days. Persons certified prior to September 30, 2014 may continue to have access to the Limited Death Master File during the interim period. When there is more information and the process described is over NTIS will post information on their website: http://www.ntis.gov/products/ssa-dmf.aspx
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee