H.R. 3779, To restrict the inclusion of social security account numbers on documents sent by mail by the Federal Government, and for other purposes

H.R. 3779

To restrict the inclusion of social security account numbers on documents sent by mail by the Federal Government, and for other purposes

Date
September 26, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On­­­­ ­­­­­­­­­Monday, September 26, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 3779, to restrict the inclusion of social security account numbers on documents sent by mail by the Federal Government, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 3779 was introduced on October 21, 2015, by Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) and was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which ordered the bill reported on September 15, 2016 by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3779 prohibits the federal government from including the Social Security account number of any individual on any document sent by mail, unless the head of a department or agency determines it is necessary and first takes steps to mail such information securely. The bill also completely bans the sending of a package by a federal agency in which an individual’s Social Security account number may be seen on the outside of the package.

Background

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. It threatens the financial security of millions of Americans, as well as the economic stability of the United States. Every two seconds, another American becomes a victim of identity fraud.[1]

According to the bill’s sponsor, “By reducing the number of mailed documents that contain full Social Security numbers, Congress can lessen the occurrence and mitigate the impacts of identity theft. The fact that this crime affects children, seniors, and veterans makes it even more imperative that the federal government does everything in its power to prevent identity theft.”[2]

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[1] See Rep. Valadao’s Press Release, October 21, 2015.
[2] Id.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimate is not currently available.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.