H.R.5320 – Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss (MAIL) Act of 2016

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Week ending September 23, 2016

H.R.5320 – Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss (MAIL) Act of 2016


“The bill aims to protect individuals’ personal information by requiring the removal of SSNs from documents mailed by the SSA unless such inclusion is deemed to be necessary by the Commissioner of Social Security.”

‘The Social Security Number Protection Act of 2010 prohibits the printing of SSNs on government checks and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 required the removal of SSNs from the Medicare card.’ ‘The Committee believes that Americans’ SSNs are too important to be needlessly put at risk by being included on documents unnecessarily and that any SSNs that remain on mailed documents must be justified.’

‘The Commissioner of Social Security shall ensure that no document sent by mail by the Social Security Administration includes a complete social security account number unless the Commissioner determines that inclusion of such complete number is necessary.

“(II) Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this clause and not later than each of March 31 and September 30 of each of the first 6 years following the year in which such date of enactment occurs, the Commissioner of Social Security shall submit to the Committee on Ways and Means of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Finance of the Senate a report on the implementation of subclause (I). Such report shall include–

          “(aa) the title and identification number of each document used by the Social Security Administration during the previous  year on which is printed an individual’s complete social security account number;

          “(bb) the most recent date on which each such document was updated; and

          “(cc) the projected date on which complete social security account numbers will be removed from each such document, or if the Commissioner determines that inclusion of such complete number is necessary, the rationale for such determination.”.’

 (Full text of H.R. 5320 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. Johnson, Sam [R-TX-3] (Introduced 05/25/2016)




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Cost to the taxpayersCBO expects that SSA would continue with its current plan. The bill also would require SSA to report to Congress on its progress implementing those changes. SSA has compiled information about mailings with SSNs for previous audits, reports, and workgroups, and CBO expects that this information would be used to meet the reporting requirements imposed by the bill. Therefore, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 5320 would have no effect on the budget.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Regulatory and Other Impact:    H.R. 5320 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 5320 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.

Tax Complexity:  None.

Earmark Certification:  the provisions of the bill do not contain any congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits within the meaning of the rule.

Duplication of programs: In compliance with Sec. 3(g)(2) of H. Res. 5 (114th Congress), the Committee states that no provision of the bill establishes or reauthorizes: (1) a program of the Federal Government known to be duplicative of another Federal program

Direct Rule-Making:  The Committee estimates that the bill requires no directed rule makings within the meaning of such section.

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: In compliance with clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the Committee states that the bill involves no new budget authority or tax expenditure budget authority.

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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