A coalition has been created to address the implementation of a new law governing the access to use of the Social Security Death Master File.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Pub. L. No. 113-67) directed the U.S. Department of Commerce to implement the new law governing access and use of the DMF that will permit immediate access to the DMF to legitimate users, who must be certified pursuant to a program established by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Coalition for Implementation and Reform of the Death Master File will communicate and advocate the common interests of legitimate users of the DMF in order to ensure their continued access to information from the DMF.

Making up the Coalition will be insurance companies, annuity companies, pensions, credit rating agencies, charitable organizations and others that utilize the DMF in the course of their business and to provide consumer financial services, as well as third-party vendors that access the DMF on behalf of legitimate users of the DMF.

The Coalition released its draft Statement of Principles as follows:

The Coalition seeks to work effectively with Congress and the U.S. Department Commerce to effectuate the new law, Title II of Section 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, governing access to the Death Master File (DMF) to:

  • Ensure continuity of access to the DMF to certified users during the process of developing and adopting regulations;
  • Specifically define in regulations certified users to include all those who meet the requirements for such designation, including third-party vendors servicing legitimate users;
  • Ensure protection of DMF data against identity theft and fraud;
  • Ensure reasonable operational criteria for certified users; and
  • Ensure the highest quality of DMF data for certified users.

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