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Nov 15, 2021

(US Social Security Information) National Technical Information Service Limited Access to Death Master File

The following is a message posted to the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee’s mailing list and is republished here with permission. Please note the reference to the “Death Master File (LADMF).” That is something that genealogists usually refer to as the “United States Social Security Death Index (SSDI)”:

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS), part of the US Department of Commerce,  posted a notice on limited access to the Death Master File (LADMF).  The NTIS established a certification program for those seeking access to the Limited Access Death Master File (LADMF) pursuant to Section 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Pub. L. 113-67). Section 203 authorizes NTIS to charge fees sufficient to cover the costs associated with the certification program. The associated regulations can be found at 15 C.F.R Part 1110 et seq.

The certification program limits access to LADMF information to those persons certified under the program. Certified persons, also called Subscribers, must have a legitimate fraud prevention interest, or have a legitimate business purpose pursuant to a law, governmental rule, regulation, or fiduciary duty in order to be certified under the program.  The requirements are such that it makes it extremely difficult for individuals to meet the requirements.

To access the LADMF go to: https://www.ntis.gov/ladmf/ladmf.xhtml and follow the steps for review, paying for certification which includes certification, attestation and firewall and submit forms.

To read the previous postings about the 2013 Omnibus Reconciliation Act and the Department of Commerce regulations  go to the archives of the IAJGS Records Access Alert at:  http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/private/records-access-alerts/. Note the archives are listed by date and the historical postings are in late 2013-2015.   You must be registered to access the archives.  To register go to: http://lists.iajgs.org/mailman/listinfo/records-access-alerts  and follow the instructions to enter your email address, full name and which genealogical  organization with whom you are affiliated. You will receive an email response that you have to reply to or the subscription will not be finalized.

Jan Meisels AllenChairperson
IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee