BASIC (09-05)

GN 03316.095 Disclosure Without Consent to Recipients of the Death Master File (DMF) When Erroneous Death is Included on the DMF

A. Policy

Occasionally, living individuals are erroneously included in the DMF (e.g., due to inaccurate death reports or inaccurate data input). When providing the DMF, DMF customers are advised that not all of the information is verified and SSA does not guarantee the accuracy of the DMF. When SSA discovers that a living individual was erroneously included on the DMF, disclosure may be made to recipients of the DMF. The purpose of the disclosure is to notify recipients of the DMF of the corrected data concerning the life status of such individuals and to minimize the harm to affected individuals that might result from action of DMF recipients that is based on erroneous inclusion in the DMF.

Relevant information may be disclosed from the following systems of records:

  • 60-0058—Master Files of Social Security Number (SSN) Holders and SSN Applications System,

  • 60-0090—Master Beneficiary Record, and

  • 60-0103—Supplemental Security Income Record and Special Veterans Benefits System.

See GN 02602.055 for procedures on handling reports or erroneous death terminations for claimants and beneficiaries. See GN 00304.100 for procedures when an erroneous death is on the Numident for a non-beneficiary.

B. Procedure

Corrected DMF data is provided to recipients of the DMF centrally by the Office of Systems.


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GN 03316.095 - Disclosure Without Consent to Recipients of the Death Master File (DMF) When Erroneous Death is Included on the DMF - 09/12/2005
Batch run: 01/27/2009
Rev:09/12/2005