08 January 2015

Death Master File — Comments on Proposed Final Rule Requested

NTIS Published Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Establish a Certification Program for Access to Death Master File [DMF] - Comments Requested

The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) describing a rule that would, if implemented, establish, pursuant to Section 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (Pub. L. 113-67), a certification program to replace the temporary certification program currently in place for access to the DMF. The Notice was published in the Federal Register Tuesday, December 30, 2014. The Notice invites public comments on the proposed rule and certification program, and sets a 30 day comment period. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking may be reviewed at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-30/html/2014-30199.htm.

This means that we have until the end of January to provide comments about the proposed Certification Program.  You can read the full details of the announcement and history here.

The official Federal Register publication is found here.

RPAC on its website states ...

RPAC and its sponsoring organizations are planning to file comments to the proposed final rule.  Our comments will be posted to this RPAC Blog when submitted.  Other entities and individuals desiring to submit their own comments are encouraged to do so.  We would welcome an opportunity to include other such comments in the RPAC Blog with our own.  Please provide a copy of your document to us at [email protected] .

Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee provides additional details and context about how the temporary certification program works and the limitations of the data that can now be accessed – less that what we were previously able to access – via a post on EOGN.

In April 2014 we discussed the temporary certification program created to allow limited access to the Death Master File (DMF), Limited Access Death Master File Certification Process Now Open

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