Transplanted from Timeglass Oklahoma – my other WordPress site, here to Timeglass Journal – Tuesday 27 January 2015
by Jim Lantern
8:00 a.m. CT Tuesday 18 November 2014
[I’ve edited out my contact information from the following communications.]
Correspondence (via email to me) from Senator Coburn:
Thank you for contacting me about your concerns with the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) contract with the company Experian. I appreciate hearing from you and I apologize for the delay in my response.
As the Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, potential data breaches within government entities are a great concern of mine, as it is our responsibility to oversee the federal government’s data protection efforts. I would like to investigate this matter further, and learn more information about the potential risks associated with the SSA using Experian.
It appears the contract between SSA and Experian is for approximately $19 million (http://1.usa.gov/1rwYIcM). I am interested to find out how necessary and effective this $19 million contract is, because as you may know, reducing government waste, fraud, and abuse has been one of my top priorities since coming to Congress. My office has determined there are at least 1,362 federal programs, costing at least $364 billion that duplicate or overlap other programs, pointlessly wasting taxpayer money on redundant bureaucratic overhead. My most recent Wastebook (available at http://1.usa.gov/1cqSjZs) details nearly $30 billion in wasteful spending in 2013 alone, and those are only some of the most eye-catching examples. At a time when our national debt is over $17 trillion, it is my goal to eliminate all wasteful spending on programs large and small.
Once again, thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. If you would like to provide more details on the matter, please email DC_Office@coburn.senate.gov. Best wishes.
November 13, 2014
Tom A. Coburn, M.D.
United States Senator
My email reply:
Thanks for your reply. No apology necessary for delay of your response. By the way, over the years, at age 58 now, I’ve discovered the higher I go in government the more likely I am to get a reply! I never get replies from local representatives at the city level. I’d expect the opposite because you have more people to represent and they have fewer. With so many more issues to handle, I’m surprised you can reply at all. So thanks for your time.
[I’m including] my new street address [in this email reply] – I just moved this past weekend – changed apartments.
Review of the Social Security Administration and Experian issue…
Before SSA began using Experian, it was easy to use the SSA website, such as to get a confirmation letter for disability benefits needed by OKDHS for SoonerCare.
There is no known logical reason for SSA to create the new “my Social Security” online account system, especially because the former system worked flawlessly.
There is no known logical reason for SSA to involve Experian in the ID confirmation process for creating a new “my Social Security” online account, especially because the former means of confirming ID worked flawlessly.
Other than the reasons provided by SSA for creating the “my Social Security” online accounts system, and use of Experian, there must be another reason – a not yet known reason – why the Obama administration decided to do those two things, and for the related cost to taxpayers that you are concerned about. I understand the cost is important to you, but the why of it all could be a much more terrifying kind of cost. I’m not a conspiracy theory nut. Democrats do things for a reason, especially Statist Democrats more so than Liberal Democrats. The truth is usually a different reason than the one provided by the Democrats.
The process for signing up for a “my Social Security” online account results in a kind of “Catch 22″ problem. The information SSA has on me has always been accurate – thus the previous ID confirmation system worked flawlessly. The information SSA has on me must match the information Experian has on me as the means to confirm my ID to complete the sign-up process to get a “my Social Security” online account. Experian has never had accurate information on me. For example, just the misspelling of my name can cause the ID confirmation process to fail. Westar in Wichita misspelled my name on a bill, which is how Experian got it wrong. The result is Experian claiming I am both the misspelled name and correct name. SSA only shows my correct name for my Social Security Number. Therefore, Experian data does not match the SSA data for my SSN. Therefore, I’m blocked from creating a “my Social Security” online account.
I used a PollDaddy poll at my WordPress site to ask readers if they are having the same problem. I’ve kept the poll open. It has fluctuated 80% to 90% for the people who tried to create a “my Social security” online account and were blocked by Experian.
I used Free Credit Report dot Com to find out what information Experian has on me. I could then see what is not correct. It took 12 weeks to get Experian to correct it all – all that it showed me and I knew about. I have good reason to believe Experian withheld some information it has on record for me – it has more than it showed me – what it showed me is less than it sells to all who want to buy the information. If I were a buyer, then I’d see a more detailed report about me. Experian does not give the complete report to consumers, so I can’t see all of the information Experian has on record for me.
After Experian took over ID confirmation at SSA, Experian sold 200 million Social Security numbers (and all related personal information) to another company. It was a big news story. Then that other company was hacked by an Asian man of a company connected to the government of China. The hacker was caught, but the damage was done. It is not known who all he sold the information to before he was caught.
After making corrections on my Experian credit report, the Experian information should have matched the SSA information on me. So again I tried to create a “my Social Security” online account. Again I was blocked. SSA has refused to take any action to fix the problem or even to determine what is causing the problem so that it can be fixed. Apparently, Experian and SSA can’t do a side-by-side comparison to determine what exactly does not match up in order for my ID to be confirmed. They can’t tell me what does not match in order for me to fix it.
Governors and attorney generals of over 30 states are already suing Experian because of its errors. Experian is the least accurate business of its kind.
I decided to backtrack. Where all does Experian get its information? What are its sources? I did a Google Search using the incorrect information, and found a few of them. Like the People Finder dot com website, for example. I convinced some of those sources to correct the data. What was the source of the sources? Usually businesses that did not record the information correctly – like Westar misspelling my name. Further, some sources are owned by other sources, and those sources owned by other sources, as a kind of pyramid shell game. I traced one to a Liberal Democrat think tank kind of organization associated with a liberal university as legal owner of one of the sources used by another source used by Experian. It appears not all are errors, but that some are deliberately falsified information to harm Republicans, some Independent voters, and any others who do not subscribe to the beliefs of Obama Democrats. The evidence is there, although circumstantial. Just follow the trail of pyramid shell companies. Not hard to do. Then draw your own conclusions.
Briefly, a side issue. Then, when backtracking, I made another stunning discovery. Disgruntled former New Hampshire representative Tom Alciere has been purchasing lists of voters from seven states including Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Election Board can legally sell the lists to candidates for election campaign mailing lists. That’s the intent. Tom Alciere undermines that by publishing the entire lists on the Internet at his websites where anyone (including criminals and terrorists) can access and read the information for free! That’s just one of the reasons why he does that. He hates police, military, and some people like you and me. He is an extreme version of a Libertarian – he is to Libertarians what ISIS is to Islam. The lists include the home street addresses of all registered voters. Remember ISIS asking US domestic terrorists to target police and military in their homes! Now Tom Alciere is making it easy for that to be done. So far, Utah is the only state taking legal action against him to try to stop him.
Perhaps the use of the new “my Social Security” online accounts is a deliberate means to screen out some people, possibly based on political affiliation. Experian has access to voter registration records. Experian was used by Americans Elect to confirm ID, which resulted in a similar problem as the one now with SSA. The real reason why Americans Elect was such a major failure was the involvement of Experian to confirm ID, which resulted in millions of voters being shut out.
Experian is likewise involved with the healthcare dot gov website and has access to manage health care records of people signing up. No doubt about it – Experian is partly responsible for the failure of that website and number of people allowed to sign up. Given that fact, it raises the stunning question: Why would Obama knowingly use Experian to sabotage his number one project? Do you understand? “ObamaCare” was designed and intended to fail. Now, look at what the failure has done – the damage it has done to health care here in the US. It’s intentional. If this goes on, then what is the ultimate result? What is the ultimate goal?
Experian is involved with the IRS, has access to confidential tax records of all US taxpayers, and with that there could be a connection to the IRS scandal to target the Tea Party and other Conservatives.
Experian is now involved with ID confirmation for most other government agencies. The bidding process has been suspicious. Experian the only bidder, so the Obama administration keeps giving the jobs to Experian.
Although Experian has branch offices here in the US, Experian is headquartered in Ireland. Keep that in mind. It’s very important. Experian is used to grant security clearances to US government and military personnel. That means Experian can and does shut out qualified people who we need for jobs requiring top security clearance! The reverse is true. Experian can approve people who are not qualified. Experian can approve people who are threats to our government and military. Thanks to Obama, Experian now controls “the way in” for any US enemy.
So it is not just the SSA issue and that cost. I believe Obama is using Experian for a larger purpose and goal, while Experian is taking advantage of Obama for its own purpose and goal at a worldwide level.
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