NTIS Expected to Publish Death Master File NPRM in Federal Register Tomorrow (Dec. 23, 2014)
The National Technical Information Service (NTIS) is expected to publish tomorrow its NPRM in the Federal Register that would create a certification program to replace the temporary certification program in place now for access to the Death Master File (DMF). The DMF is a tool used by many industries as a means to thwart fraud. An unofficial, pre-published version of the notice is available and can be viewed here; a 30-day comment period is expected.
The proposed rule would establish a certification program through which “persons” would become eligible to gain access to DMF information about an individual within three years of his death. The rule would provide immediate access to the DMF to those who demonstrate a legitimate fraud prevention interest or legitimate business purpose for the information in an effort to reduce identity theft and the occurrences of fraudulent tax returns, according to the notice.
In other regulatory news, the CFPB’s NPRM on prepaid accounts was published in the Federal Register today. Comments must be received within 90 days, by Monday, March 23, 2015.
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