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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Reps. Larson, Bishop Introduce Bipartisan Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act

June 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Social Security and Representative Mike Bishop (MI-08), the newest member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, introduced H.R. 6084, the Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act. This bipartisan legislation would require the Social Security Administration to provide a single point of contact at the agency to any individual requesting a new Social Security number due to identity theft or who is dealing with identity theft issues related to their Social Security benefits.

“In this day and age when we are increasingly vulnerable to online hacking of our identities, it is critical that individuals have a source they can reach out to for assistance when identity theft has caused problems with their Social Security number or benefits. That is why I, along with Congressman Mike Bishop, have introduced H.R. 6084, the Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act. This bill provides a single point of contact in the Social Security Administration that will be responsible for resolving Social Security-related issues in connection with the theft, and will be accountable to them until completion,” said Rep. Larson.

“Everyone has gotten the runaround from a cumbersome phone tree, and this common-sense legislation would support victims of identity theft by assigning them a single point of contact at the Social Security Administration to ensure their cases are handled with the care and attention they deserve,” said Rep. Bishop. “Americans who are victims of identity theft have enough to deal with to get their lives back on track, and they should not be forced to navigate the vast bureaucracy of the Social Security Administration on their own.”