Date: September 23, 2016
House Passes H.R. 5320,
the Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss (MAIL) Act of 2016
On September 22, 2016, the House passed H.R. 5320, the Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss (MAIL) Act of 2016, as amended, by a vote of 414-0. The bill would amend the Social Security Act to restrict the inclusion of full Social Security Numbers (SSNs) on documents sent by mail by the Social Security Administration (SSA) unless necessary. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
H.R. 5320, as passed, includes the following provisions of interest to SSA:
Restriction on Inclusion of SSNs on Documents Sent by Mail
- Would require the Commissioner of Social Security (Commissioner) to ensure that no document sent by mail includes a full SSN unless the Commissioner determines that inclusion of the full number is necessary.
- Would require the Commissioner to report to Congress on implementation. The first report would be due 30 days after enactment. Subsequent reports would be due March 31 and September 30 in each of the first 6 years following the year of enactment. The report would include:
- the title and identification number of each document with the full SSN that SSA used in the previous year;
- the most recent date the document was updated; and
- the projected date for removal of the full SSN from each document, or if the Commissioner determines that inclusion of the full number is necessary, the rationale for such determination.
- Would require the Commissioner to implement these provisions as soon as practicable after the date of enactment.