A recent posting to Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak's blog includes a recent
letter from the Social Security Administration regarding obtaining Social
Security Applications (SSA-5). The letter states the Administration has
extended the restriction to 100 years from date of birth of the applicant,
therefore, one would only be able to obtain records in an unaltered state
(includes parents names) for those born prior to 1912.
There was no prior notification nor public comment period for this new
Administration determination. Evidently this is to "protect" the parents
names. If the person who is applying for the Social Security Administration
application can prove the parents are deceased, they will be able to order
the SS-5 without redaction of that information.
To read Megan's blog, and view the letter to her from the Social Security
Administration go to: http://megansmolenyak.posterous.com/
There is no
rationale included with the letter signed by the acting executive director
of privacy and disclosure. The letter's author stated this was a final
decision, but can be reviewed by a district federal court or mediation with
the office of Government Information Services.
Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee