• Barbara Mathews

Bipartisan Budget Compromise Impacts Genealogists’ Access to the SSDI

Updated: Feb 3

The Civil Records Committee wants you to know about upcoming changes to the information genealogists will be able to access in the Social Security Death Index.


These changes are part of the revenue-generating provisions in the bipartisan budget compromise bill that is currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress. The bill passed the House of Representatives last night. It will be heard in the Senate soon. The changes to the SSDI will take place 90 days after the budget bill passes and is signed into law.

The revenue-generating provision mandates that any death reported to the Social Security Administration be withheld from the Social Security Death Index until the end of the calendar year following the third anniversary. This means that a death that takes place, let’s say, July 4, 2014, will not appear in the SSDI until January 1, 2018.


We and others have blogged about the upcoming changes. You can find more details in the blog posts listed below.

  • As your Civil Records Director for Federal issues, I posted “What is Buried in the Budget Bill? SSDI Closure!” on our Sentinel blog.

  • Judy Russell posted “Vote Looms on SSDI Closure” on the Legal Genealogist blog.

  • Jan Meisels Allen posted “Budget Bill Includes Access Limitations on Death Master File/SSDI” on the Records Access and Preservation Committee’s blog.

  • Fred Moss followed that up last night with his post “Budget Bill Passes House Floor Vote.”

Last modified on Monday, 16 December 2013

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