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NTIS Proposing New Rules for Accessing SSDI

(Per Dick Eastman’s Newsletter on January 28) The Death Master File, or DMF, is better known to genealogists as the SSDI or Social Security Death Index. The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) has proposed new rules that will, if implemented, create a certification program to replace the temporary certification program currently in place for access to the DMF. The result will create an expensive impediment to genealogists attempting to learn more about their ancestors.

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) extended the comment period from January 29, 2015 to March 30, 2015. To read the proposed final SSDI rules go to: Proposed SSDI Changes.

The proposed final regulations for certification for access to the Death Master File have major concerns for genealogists and small businesses. As drafted they are:

1.limited data elements in the Death Master File making it all but unusable for meaningful genealogical searches;
2.prohibitive charges for access to the data and to becoming certified; and
3.security provisions that are not small business-friendly.

IAJGS is submitting our statement expressing our concerns later this week. It will be posted on this announcement list. Individual forensic and professional genealogists should express their concerns by submitting a statement by March 30, 2015. To submit a statement it must be submitted to http://www.regulations.gov. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF formats only.

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