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House Passes Valadao Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Legislation

H.R. 624 Aims to Protect Children, Veterans, and Seniors

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Washignton, May 24, 2017 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
day, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation introduced by U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao, H.R. 624, the Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act.
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WASHINGTON — Today, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation introduced by U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21), H.R. 624, the Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act.

After learning about the issue from a constituent, Congressman Valadao introduced H.R. 624 to protect Americans, especially children, veterans, and senior citizens from becoming victims of identity theft.

Following passage of the bill, Congressman Valadao stated, “In today’s digital age, we hear more and more about the importance of protecting your identity. Despite this, the federal government continues to print full social security numbers on government documents, sometimes, even so the social security number is visible from the exterior of the mailing.” He continued, “My legislation puts an end to this unacceptable practice and limits when the Federal Government can mail documents that contain an individual’s full Social Security Number.”

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 - these crimes tend to impact vulnerable populations - such as children, the elderly, and veterans the most.

H.R. 624, the Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act addresses concerns regarding the prevalence of Social Security Numbers on government-issued documents. Specifically, the legislation aims to specify the circumstances under which inclusion of full SSNs is necessary and otherwise partially redact or completely remove the SSN from government-issued documents.

H.R. 624 was unanimously passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The text of the bill can be found here and a legislative summary of the bill can be found here.

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District of California, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.

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