With thanks to Jan Meisels Allen,
The Bipartisan Budget Bill 2014 includes a revenue –generating provision that limits access to the Death Master File/Social Security Death Index. The provisions are identical to bills IAJGS and the genealogical community have been opposing in submitted statements to the US Congress for several years as there are no provisions to permit genealogists to have immediate access nor the special categories of genealogists that the genealogical community have agreed are to be given immediate access while the rest of us may wait a few years. The budget bill includes penalties for violations $1,000 per violations with a cap of $250,000 per person violator which is included in the revenue generating provisions.
The access restrictions to the Death Master File as stated in the bipartisan budget bill are for three years from date of death. Those certified by the Secretary of Commerce who have immediate access are listed to have legitimate fraud prevention interest or a legitimate business purpose pursuant to law governmental rule regulation or fiduciary duty and has systems, facilities, and procedures in place to safeguard such information, and experience in maintaining the confidentiality, security, and appropriate use of such information,
To read the bipartisan budget bill which is currently being debated in both the House and Senate see: http://tinyurl.com/kpksqp4 Go to section 203 starting on page 32 through page 37 to read the restrictions.
To read about the proposed revenue generation based on penalties go to: http://tinyurl.com/mu5gbjd
Thank you to Sharon Sergeant of the Massachusetts Genealogical Council for alerting us to this new threat for genealogists access to the Death Master File/Social Security Death File.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
Stay tuned. Much more to come!