This is a follow-up to the article published five days ago in this newsletter at http://goo.gl/UlqiNl. This was written by Jan Meisels Allen, Chairperson of the IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee:
As mentioned in Friday’s January 23, 2015 posting to this announcement list, the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) extended the comment period from January 29, 2015 to March 30, 2015. No reason has been given for this extension. The notice of the extension has been posted in the Federal Register and may be read at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-28/pdf/2015-01546.pdf.
To read the proposed final rule go to: For those who wish to review the proposed final rule see: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-12-30/pdf/2014-30199.pdf.
The proposed final regulations for certification for access to the Death Master File have major concerns for genealogists and small businesses. As drafted they are:
- limited data elements in the Death Master File making it all but unusable for meaningful genealogical searches;
- prohibitive charges for access to the data and to becoming certified; and
- security provisions that are not small business-friendly.
IAJGS is submitting our statement expressing our concerns later this week. It will be posted on this announcement list. Individual forensic and professional genealogists should express their concerns by submitting a statement by March 30, 2015. To submit a statement it must be submitted to http://www.regulations.gov. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF formats only.