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- On August 22, 2019, the President signed H.R. 1079, the Creating Advanced Streamlined Electronic Services (CASES) for Constituents Act, which became Public Law 116-50. The bill previously passed the House unanimously on February 11, 2019, and the Senate unanimously without amendment on July 31, 2019. In general, the law requires OMB to issue guidance requiring agencies, including SSA, to accept electronic forms that allow an individual to provide consent to disclose information from or access to their records.
- On July 25, 2019, the Senate passed S. 1275, the Federal Agency Customer Experience (FACE) Act of 2019, as amended by voice vote. The House introduced an identical bill, H.R. 2586, on May 8, 2019 and it awaits further action. The bill, among other things, would require Federal agencies, including SSA, to collect voluntary feedback from the public and certain entities regarding customer experience and service delivery. It also includes provisions related to the Paperwork Reduction Act and employee appraisals.
- On July 17, 2019, the House passed H.R. 736, the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act. The bill would require GPO to establish and maintain an online portal that allows the public to obtain electronic copies of congressionally mandated reports.
- On June 26, 2019, the Ways and Means Committee favorably reported the BETTER Act of 2019 and the HEARTS and Rural Relief Act. These bills would require SSA to provide certain Medicare outreach notices, make Medicare coverage take effect sooner for people who enroll during the GEP or during certain months of their IEP, and exempt certain veterans from having to enroll in Part B in order to be eligible for TRICARE. The bills now await consideration by the House of Representatives.
- On July 1, 2019, the President signed H.R. 3151, the Taxpayer First Act, which became Public Law 116-25. The Senate passed the bill on June 13, 2019 without amendment by voice vote, and it passed the House on June 10, 2019, by voice vote, under suspension of the rules. The bill, among other things, requires the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to notify individuals of employment-related identity theft, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) as necessary, to request annually such IRS employment-based identity theft information. Additionally, it authorizes IRS to lower the electronic wage reporting threshold. Previous Action 06/19/19
- On April 9, 2019, the House amended and passed, H.R. 1957, the Taxpayers First Act of 2019, by voice vote, under suspension of the rules. The bill, among other things, would require the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to notify individuals of employment-related identity theft, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) as necessary, to request annually such IRS employment-based identity theft information. Additionally, it would authorize IRS to lower the electronic wage reporting threshold. This bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.
- April 10, 2019 -- Statement of Stephen C. Goss, Chief Actuary, before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, on the Comprehensive Legislative Proposals to enhance the agency.