On April 23, the President’s Identity Theft Task Force issued a report entitled Combatting Identity Theft: A Strategic Plan. In the report, the members of the Task Force, who include the US Attorney General, the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, as well the respective leaders of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of Thrift Supervision and the National Credit Union Administration and others, made specific recommendations with respect to identity theft.
Those recommendations include: (i) decreasing the unnecessary use of social security numbers in the public sector by developing alternative strategies for identity management; (ii) educating federal agencies on how to protect data and monitoring their compliance with existing guidance; (iii) ensuring effective, risk-based responses to data breaches suffered by federal agencies; (iv) establishing national standards for private sector data protection requirements and breach notice requirements; (v) developing comprehensive records on private sector use of social security numbers; (vi) better educating the private sector on safeguarding data; (vii) establishing a national identity theft law enforcement center; and (viii) developing and promoting the use of a universal identity theft report.
Other recommendations are also included. The task force was established in May 2006 by executive order of the President in order to create a coordinated approach among government agencies to combat identity theft crime.