Rep. Valadao Reintroduces the Social Security Fraud and Prevention Act in 115th Congress
Today, Rep. Valadao reintroduced the Social Security Fraud Prevention Act in the House of Representatives.WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) reintroduced his bipartisan legislation, the Social Security Fraud Prevention Act with lead Democrat cosponsor, Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15). The legislation, which was previously passed during the 114th Congress, works to protect Americans, especially children, veterans, and senior citizens from becoming victims of identity theft.
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. It threatens the financial security of millions of Americans, as well the economic stability of the United States as a whole. In fact, every two seconds, another American becomes a victim of identity fraud. Even worse, children, veterans, and seniors are especially vulnerable to such attacks.
Despite these alarming statistics, there is a high prevalence of unnecessarily printed Social Security numbers on documents issued by the federal government.
H.R. 624, the Social Security Fraud Prevention Act addresses concerns regarding the prevalence of Social Security Numbers on government-issued documents sent by mail. Specifically, the legislation aims to specify the circumstances under which inclusion of full SSNs are necessary and otherwise partially redact or completely remove the SSN from government-issued documents.
Previously introduced in the 114th Congress by Congressman Valadao, the Social Security Fraud and Prevention Act was passed on September 26, 2016 and referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs.
Text of H.R. 624 can be found here and a legislative summary of the bill can be found here. More information about Social Security number fraud can be found here.
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.