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FW: [iajgs] [USA] Social Security Death Index No Longer Contains Protected State Death Records

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  • Max Heffler
    ... From: janmallen@att.net [mailto:janmallen@att.net] Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2011 5:25 PM To: IAJGS Leadership Forum Subject: [iajgs] [USA] Social
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      Mentioned at tonight's meeting:

      -----Original Message-----
      From: janmallen@... [mailto:janmallen@...]
      Sent: Thursday, November 03, 2011 5:25 PM
      To: IAJGS Leadership Forum
      Subject: [iajgs] [USA] Social Security Death Index No Longer Contains
      Protected State Death Records

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      Most genealogists doing US research rely on the Social Security Death Index
      (SSDI). The death master file (DMF) is developed by the National Technical
      Information Service (NTIS) (http://www.ntis.gov/products/ssa-dmf.aspx),
      which has been notified by the Social Security Administration (SSA) of an
      important change in the Death Master File data. NTIS, a cost-recovery
      government agency, disseminates the DMF data on behalf of SSA. As stated on
      their website, use of the SSDI actually "prevents" identity theft.

      Here is the bad news: Effective November 1, 2011 the DMF data that NTIS
      receives from SSA will no longer contain protected state death records.
      The historical Public DMF contains 89 million records. SSA will remove
      approximately 4.2 million records from this file and add about 1 million
      fewer records annually. (http://www.ntis.gov/pdf/import-change-dmf.pdf).

      The first we learned about this was from the Virginia Department of Health
      in their letter to the Joint Commission on Heath Care which is reviewing
      legislation on how long one has to wait for access to birth and death,
      SB 8which I have posted about several times on this forum.

      The rationale as stated by SSA is the following:
      Section 205(r) of the Act prohibits SSA from disclosing state death records
      SSA receives through its contracts with the states, except in limited
      circumstances. (Section 205r link -
      http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/ssact/title02/02
      05.htm) (http://www.ntis.gov/pdf/import-change-dmf.pdf)

      Jan Meisels Allen
      janmallen@...
      IAJGS Vice President
      IAJGS Chairperson, Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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