Proposed SSA Identity Theft Act Promises Relief and Simplified Assistance for Victims

Proposed ‘Identity Theft Act’ Aims to Simplify Assistance for Victims and Improve SSA Response

A new bill, the “Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act,” introduced by U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson, seeks to simplify the government’s response to identity theft victims by establishing a single point of contact within the SSA.

Identity Theft Act
The new bill “Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act,” aims to simplify government’s assistance for victims. (PHOTO: AARP)

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Proposed ‘Identity Theft Act’ Seeks to Streamline SSA Response and Aid Victims

A new bill called the “Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act” has been introduced to tackle the bureaucratic problems at the Social Security Administration (SSA). Led by U.S. Rep. Drew Ferguson, this legislation aims to simplify how the government responds to identity theft victims, offering hope to many affected Americans. The Identity Theft Act bill proposes creating a single point of contact within the SSA for those dealing with compromised Social Security numbers, reducing bureaucratic hurdles.

According to a published article in GoBankingRates, Rep. Drew Ferguson highlights the urgency of the issue and emphasizes the need for fast government responses to identity theft cases. He underlines the importance of cutting through administrative delays, ensuring that victims are not further burdened during the resolution process. The bill’s main goal is to establish clear procedures that provide individuals facing Social Security number misuse with a dedicated SSA contact to guide and expedite their case resolution.

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AARP Endorses Identity Theft Act

The AARP, a nonprofit that supports people over 50, strongly backs the Identity Theft Act bill. Bill Sweeney, AARP’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, praised the initiative in a letter to Senate lawmakers, highlighting how it can ease the burden on identity theft victims. The bill’s bipartisan support raises hope for its passage into law, potentially providing relief to American families facing the challenges of lost or stolen Social Security numbers.

Although a 2022 study, co-sponsored by AARP, showed a $9 billion decrease in identity theft losses compared to the previous year, the problem is still substantial. In 2022, identity fraud cost 40 million Americans a total of $43 billion. As the “Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act” progresses through the legislative process as H.R. 3784, with support from Reps. Nicole Malliotakis and John Larson, it has the potential to significantly reduce the impact of identity theft on individuals and families nationwide.

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