[APG Public List] SS-5 parents' names blackened out

Tate stubbytate at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 27 16:33:12 MDT 2009

Is it an actual law?  Or just part of the discretionary process from individual SSA employees?

According to this website ( http://www.lee.army.mil/foia.html ), the Army processes a sanitized area but it should have the reason listed on the document.  

At best, the SSA should provide a reason in a letter if a reason is requested in writing, citing whatever law or source they go by for determining the sanitation.

Just my humble opinion.  I'm no expert.


--- On Thu, 8/27/09, Rondina Muncy <rondina.muncy at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Rondina Muncy <rondina.muncy at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [APG Public List] SS-5 parents' names blackened out
To: apgpubliclist at apgen.org
Date: Thursday, August 27, 2009, 6:00 PM

This is a tough one, but do you have a source for this? If I'm going to be able to cite this little piece of information in a report, I need to know where the law is.
Rondina P. Muncy
Ancestral Analysis
2960 Trail Lake Drive
Grapevine, Texas 76051
rondina.muncy at gmail.com


On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 4:20 PM, Eileen Souza <eileen.souza at verizon.net> wrote:

Recently, we had a thread where people were noticing that some of the SS-5s they received had the parents' names blackened.  I work for Social Security (in information technology) so I did a little research.  What I have learned is that the FOIA analysts who handle your requests use the Rule of 65 as their guideline.  What this means is that if the subject of the request is under 65 and no proof has been submitted of their parents' deaths, the analyst will check our files to see if they can find a record of the deaths of the subjects' parents.  If they do not find this evidence in our records, they redact the names.

Eileen Souza
Eldersburg, MD
eileen.souza at verizon.net

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