RPAC, the Records Preservation and Access Committee sponsored jointly by the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, has placed the following announcement on the RPAC Blog:
The Bipartisan Budget Act included provisions limiting immediate access to the SSA Death Master File to all but those certified under a program to be developed by the Department of Commerce.
Commerce intends to follow a robust notice and comment process in the development of the Certification Program. Expect an announcement of a Request for Information (RFI) to be published shortly in the Federal Register and on the project web page at: http://www.ntis.gov/products/ssa-dmf.aspx. It will provide at least thirty days for comment, possibly 45. It is also likely that some form of a public hearing will follow.
Stay tuned. Much more to come.