By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff
The SSA has announced the initial enrollment period for a new electronic Consent Based Social Security Number (SSN) Verification (eCBSV) service. The SSA will roll out the service to a limited number of users in June 2020 and plans on expanding the number of users within six months of the initial rollout. All interested permitted entities must apply during the initial enrollment period to be eligible to use the new eCBSV service during either the initial rollout or the subsequent planned expansion. Permitted entities that do not apply during the initial enrollment period must wait until the next designated period after the planned expansion to apply for enrollment. In accordance with statutory requirements, permitted entities will be required to provide payment to build the new eCBSV system.
The enrollment period for permitted entities to apply for access to eCBSV will open on July 17, 2019, at 6 a.m. EST, and will close on July 31, 2019, at 6 p.m. EST.
Background. Section 215 of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (the Banking Bill) directs the SSA to modify or develop a database for accepting and comparing fraud protection data provided electronically by a permitted entity. In response to this statutory directive, the SSA is creating eCBSV, a fee-based Social Security number (SSN) verification service. eCBSV will allow permitted entities to verify an individual's SSN based on the SSN holder's signed consent. They will be able to submit via an application programming interface fraud protection data to the SSA for each verification request.
Permitted entities are defined in the Banking Bill and must possess an employer identification number (EIN) and a Dun and Bradstreet (D-U-N-S) number. Each permitted entity must submit a certification statement, in accordance with the Banking Bill, in the comment section of their application to the SSA.
For more information. For further information, contact Michael Wilkins, Office of Data Exchange, Policy Publications, and International Negotiations, Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21235-6401, (410) 965-9360, email [email protected] (84 Fed. Reg. 26712, June 7, 2019).
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