Recent Blog Posts

bpl postcard
The Value of Open Public Records
Records and Repositories
Rate this blog entry:
10849762 815727755140585 6825543623968073505 n
MGC's NERGC Panel on Open Records: Citizens Can Make a Difference
General Legislation
Rate this blog entry:
How many deaths before the SSDI gets updated again?
Legislation Federal
Rate this blog entry:

MGC Blog Tag Cloud

Annual Seminar seminar Michael J. Astrue civil records pensions award Rep. Michael Capuano (MA) New Hampshire Randy Seaver Rep. Richard Nugent (FL) health history FGS Health pedigree threats to access closures Georgia Archives Bruce Cohen Presenters Legal Genealogist family medical history Advocacy Barbara Mathews Lame Duck SSA Tax Fraud NERGC HR 295 Registration Genealogy volunteers identity fraud APG Roundtable Legislative Identity Theft Thomas MacEntee Annual Meeting and Seminar SSDI Tennessee family traits Ancestry DMF; SSDI; Tax Fraud; legislation fraud budget Massachusetts 2012 Seminar introduction legislators HR3475 Arkansas RPAC legislation Georgia APG legislation open access DMF Civil Records Access Jacobson v Massachusetts Congress Fred Moss Education IGS S3432 Advocacy inheritable disease Vital Records Stan Nyberg records access Kate Auspitz Rep. Sam Johnson (TX) Public Records Records Access Annual Meeting NFOIC records access Helen Shaw ISJGS Mary Ellen Grogran Instruction Vendors budget cuts FOIA Alvie Davidson Programs SSA Society Showcase Arkansas State House Federal HR295 threats to access Delaware Transparency Jan Alpert New Hampshire Elections Richard Nugent SSDI volunteerism Georgia Rhode Island online registration Free Massachusetts blog land records Open Access smallpox IRS Speakers mail forwarding medical profile Presidential Citation Senate outreach Linda McCleary public access access RPAC FGS Conference Teresa Scott Death Master File Alfred DeMaria humane Henning Jacobson Social Security Administration State Library Ethnicity Lou Szucs S-1534 Records Access Pennsylvania David Rencher Sharon Sergeant Jan Meisels Allen Richard McCoy State archives War of 1812 records access 2014 Seminar Virginia Jan Meisels Allen 2012 IAJGS NEHGS TIGTA audit sysoon Oklahoma HR6205 legislation Judy Russell NAPHSIS Public Records Annual Seminar NGS Melinde Byrne FamilySearch FGS S1534 Virginia communication HR3475 Billie Fogarty IAJGS diagnosis Kenneth Ryesky MGC Sponsors funding New Jersey Harold Henderson DPH Congress DMF medical pedigree State legislation archives Donna Holt Siemiatoski Tennessee Newsletter


(Online donations available
after website update in 2016.)
MGC has been recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). Gifts of support are fully tax-deductible and donors will receive a written acknowledgement for tax purposes.

MGC Sentinel logo MGC Sentinel Logo

MGC Sentinel

Keeping Watch Over Massachusetts Public Records

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login
    Login Login form
Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in Kate Auspitz

USHouse in session gov doc

The U.S. House of Representatives in session,

Every indication so far is that this year will again see efforts to close the SSDI in two ways: first by legislation to close it for three years to all but fraud investigators; second by legislation to make the Freedom of Information Act inapplicable to the Social Security Administration (it was by FOIA that the SSDI was opened two decades ago). Either method would work against genealogists.

On Capitol Hill, Rep. Sam Johnson (R TX 3) was reappointed chair of the Social Security Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee. The announcement can be read at

At this time, at least one bill has been filed using text that would close the SSDI for two to three years. Rep. Richard Nugent (R FL 11) filed this bill, known as H.R.295. You can use the Library of Congress THOMAS portal to find the bill’s text and to track its passage at Select “bill number” and type in HR295. The resulting page will provide many access points: to the bill text, to the current committee assignments, etc.

Rep. Mike Capuano (D MA 7) is planning to submit a similar bill. His office has been approached by immigration and tax people in government to submit a bill covering their issues. We were able to contact his Issues Director Kate Auspitz in order to pass on information showing that the core issue is inter-agency communication rather than access to the social security numbers of dead people. We made a case for genealogical access during the critical three-year waiting period for compassionate reasons.

While Congressman Capuano sees merit in our arguments, we will need to make those arguments again at the committee hearings in order to have change happen. We explained that such testimony had been purposefully cut off last year. His office pointed out that he is in the political minority in the House and not able to force a committee chair to permit our testimony. We need to keep our community ready to submit testimony and to be able to articulate the issues when the time comes. So how do we learn that?

Last modified on
Hits: 81617
Rate this blog entry: