Bishop Applauds Committee Approval of Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act

It is my sincere hope that because of this effort, these victims will be in a better position to remedy identity theft issues with the SSA as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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Washington, June 21, 2018 | comments

WASHINGTON – The House Ways and Means Committee today unanimously approved legislation introduced by Representatives Mike Bishop (MI-08) and John Larson (CT-01), H.R. 6084, the Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act. This bipartisan legislation would require the Social Security Administration to provide a single point of contact at the agency to any individual requesting a new Social Security number due to identity theft or who is dealing with identity theft issues related to their Social Security benefits.

CLICK HERE for remarks by Reps. Bishop and Larson in support of H.R. 6084 during today’s House Ways and Means Committee markup.

Rep. Bishop said, “Supporting victims of identity theft is an area of public policy for which I have great passion. As a former prosecutor and advocate for victims, I first learned of this epidemic in the private sector and have spent my legislative career working on victims’ rights. The legislation approved today will support victims of identity theft by requiring the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide these individuals with a single agency point of contact. It is my sincere hope that because of this effort, these victims will be in a better position to remedy identity theft issues with the SSA as quickly and painlessly as possible. These folks deserve nothing less as they rebuild their lives, and I will continue my efforts to find solutions for victims of identity theft to reverse the substantial impact on their finsecurity and credit rating.”

The Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act has the endorsement of both AARP and the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC).

“Every year, millions of seniors become victims of identity theft.  By assigning each victim a single point of contact at the Social Security Administration, seniors will get updates on their case more quickly and be able to track their case more easily than ever before.  It’s great to see Congress working to help seniors when they need it most,” said Dan Weber, President and Founder of AMAC.

“Streamlining the assistance that SSA offers an identity theft victim will be welcomed by individuals who are caught in an often overwhelming situation. AARP supports today’s continued bi-partisan efforts to protect victims of identity theft,” said Senior Vice President for AARP Joyce A. Rogers.

CLICK HERE for full text of the bill.
CLICK HERE for the letter of support from AARP.
CLICK HERE for the letter of support from AMAC.

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