Congressman Kenny Marchant participated in a Subcommittee on Social Security field hearing today in Plano, Texas. The hearing examined the impact of identity theft, the role of Social Security numbers (SSNs) in identity theft, and options to better safeguard SSNs. The hearing also focused on the growing crime of child identity theft and the Social Security Administration's law enforcement role.
"If someone has their Social Security identity compromised -- particularly children -- there should be practical steps to flag the insecure number and protect that individual's personal identity," said Marchant. The Congressman said that the current SSN delivery system needs to be improved and new measures to notify and protect the identity of compromised SSNs should be evaluated.
The panel of witnesses included identity theft victims, a Federal Trade Commission official, a University of Texas at Dallas professor, and Social Security Administration special agents. Congressman Sam Johnson, of the 3rd District of Texas, chaired the Subcommittee hearing. Congressman Kevin Brady, of the 8th District of Texas, also attended the field hearing.
The hearing was held at the Plano City Council Chamber. Phil Dyer, Mayor of Plano, provided opening remarks. Presentation of the colors was performed by the Allen Boy Scouts.