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

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


(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 Rep. Sam Johnson (TX)

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: 81844
Rate this blog entry: