With thanks to our IAJGS Representative, Jan Meisels Allen:
The second bill addressing access to the Death Master File and the commercial version known as the Social Security Death Index was introduced in Congress on February 4. The printed version is now available from the Government Printing Office see:http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr466ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr466ih.pdf .
HR 466 was introduced by Congressman Capuano (D-MA) and is called: ‘‘Social Security Death Master File Privacy Act of 2013”. At the time of introduction there were no co-sponsors. The bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. At this time no hearings are scheduled. We are expecting more bills to be introduced that affect access to the SSDI and the genealogists/public access to Social Security numbers of deceased individuals. To monitor the actions on this bill go to: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.466
HR 466 prohibits the Commissioner of Social Security from publishing the death master file or any public database that includes the Social Security numbers of any deceased individual. The bill permits the Commissioner to share information with the appropriate federal or state agency which pays federally funded benefits regarding the deceased. The bill also states the Commissioner would not be compelled to release the information under the provisions of providing information to the public-Freedom of Information Act (http://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/rules/8000-300.html)
More are likely to follow. We will post as the text of the bills become available.