Protecting American’s Identities: Examining Efforts to Limit the Use of Social Security Numbers

Hearing Date: May 23, 2017 2:00 pm 1100 Longworth HOB


  • To examine efforts by federal agencies to reduce the use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) and the security challenges facing these agencies.


  • In 2007, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) required all federal agencies to identify opportunities to reduce their use of SSNs and establish a plan to eliminate the unnecessary use of SSNs within 18 months.
  • OMB also required agencies to participate in government-wide efforts to explore alternatives to SSNs as personal identifiers for federal employees and in the administration of federal programs.
  • Last week the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2227, the Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017, which willassist the federal government in modernizing federal IT systems.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Greg Wilshusen Director, Information Security Services Government Accountability Office Document
Ms. Mariana LaCanfora Acting Deputy Commissioner, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy Social Security Administration Document
Mr. David Devries Chief Information Officer Office of Personnel Management Document
Ms. Karen Jackson Deputy Chief Operating Officer Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Document
Mr. John Oswalt Executive Director for Privacy, Office of Information and Technology Department of Veterans Affairs Document

Related Documents

Name Document
Chairman Hurd Opening Statement Document