Death Master File — Request for Comments on Proposed Final Rule — Additional Update — New Deadline 30 March 2015

Last week we were advised of the following notice:

“NEW:  NTIS to Publish Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Establish a Certification Program for Access to Death Master File – Requests Comments


The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is publishing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) describing a rule that would, if implemented, establish, pursuant to Section 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Pub. L. 113-67), a certification program to replace the temporary certification program currently in place for access to the DMF.  The Notice will be published in the Federal Register Wednesday, December 24, 2014.  The Notice invites public comments on the proposed rule and certification program, and sets a 30 day comment period.  The Notice may be reviewed at  If there are any inconsistencies between this document and the version published in the Federal Register, the version published in the Federal Register governs. 


Please note that the temporary certification program, established by NTIS under the Interim Final Rule (79 Fed. Reg. 16668, March 26, 2014), remains in effect.”


Although the notice anticipated that the official notice triggering the 30 day comment period would appear in the Federal Register on the 24th of December, we understand it is now scheduled to appear on Tuesday the 30th of December.

RPAC and its sponsoring organizations are planning to file comments to the proposed final rule.  Our comments will be posted to this RPAC Blog when submitted.  Other entities and individuals desiring to submit their own comments are encouraged to do so.  We would welcome an opportunity to include other such comments in the RPAC Blog with our own.  Please provide a copy of your document to us at .

UPDATED 30 Dec 2014:  The official Federal Register publication is found at: 

UPDATED 7 Jan 2015:

Comments submitted in response to the Request for Comments on the DMF Subscriber Certification Form that were received before the deadline of 5 pm, October 21, 2014, have been posted at  This included the latest RPAC submission to this process suggesting that the new Limited Use Death Master File can no longer  serve  many of the  legitimate purposes for which it has historically been used.

Updated 23 Jan 2015

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) submitted a notice to the “Federal Register” for publication to extend the period for public comment from January 29, 2015, to March 30, 2015 on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; Request for Comments, “Certification Program for Access to the Death Master File”.  This is the notice that requested comments on the Proposed Final Rule published on December 30, 2014.  We will provide a link to the “federal Register” notices when it publishes. 

The link for submitting comments and reviewing those previously submitted by others can be found at:!docketBrowser;rpp=25;po=0;D=DOC-2014-0001







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