Last week, the Social Security Administration (SSA) adopted for public comment a proposal drafted by Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) during the 112th Congress. Marchant's proposal, originally introduced as the Social Security Child Protection Act of 2011, directs the Commissioner of Social Security to issue new Social Security Numbers to children under the age of 13 who have been victims of identity theft.
"I am proud to have my proposal adopted by the SSA for public comment because it shows they are eager to move this policy forward," said Marchant. "I originally introduced the Social Security Child Protection Act after learning that a constituent's child had their Social Security card stolen from the family's mailbox. This policy will help protect child-victims of identity theft by enabling SSA to issue new numbers when children's cards are significantly compromised or stolen. I look forward to working with the SSA to provide relief to our nation's most vulnerable victims of identity theft."
Under current policy, a new Social Security Number can only be issued if damages from identity theft can be produced. This does little to protect children whose cards have been significantly compromised or stolen.