The Congressional Research Service is a $100 million a year think tank that researches and writes informative and non-partisan reports on topics suggested by members of Congress. The catch--and the reason you might not have read their work--is that CRS reports are only made easily available to members of Congress. Citizens can request these reports from lawmakers, but without a public index, they can't request something they don't know exists. The CRS Reports currently rank first on CDT's Most Wanted Government Documents. In an ongoing effort liberate these documents, CDT runs Open CRS, an online repository of public CRS Reports. To spotlight these reports, I will be writing "CRS Report of the Week" posts and feature a relevant report each week. These reports are informative in both that they serve as excellent primers to political issues and that they offer a degree of insight into what information is circulating around Congress. The Social Security Number: Legal Developments Affecting Its Collection, Disclosure, and Confidentiality #RL30318 October 2nd, 2008 It is well known that Social Security Numbers (SSNs) should not be used as authenticators. A new study demonstrating the ease with which SSNs can be predicted serves as further evidence to this fact.Â Simply put, SSNs weren't designed to be authenticators.The Congressional Research Service is a $100 million a year think tank that researches and writes informative and non-partisan reports on topics suggested by members of Congress.
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