Government Insights

SSA Selects Equifax to Strengthen Identity Verification

Equifax recently announced that it has completed integration with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to supply identity proofing and account, address and mobile device ID verification to help mange risk and mitigate fraud for the SSA’s my Social Security system, a personalized portal for customers to access some of SSA’s services such as the online [Read More…]

2016 Security Risks and Solutions

Security Magazine has released their predictions on technology to watch in security – including fighting fraud – for 2016. One breakthrough is developing an exchange of known frauds across various industries. The article quotes Equifax fraud expert, Gasan Awad, as he discusses Equifax’s experience is setting up and using data exchanges to help our customers detect and prevent fraud. “It’s important [Read More…]

New IRS Guidance Extends ACA Reporting Deadlines

On December 28, 2015 the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extended the due dates for the 2015 information reporting requirements for insurers, self-insuring employers, and certain providers for minimal essential coverage under section 6055 of the Internal Revenue Code and the information reporting requirements for applicable large employers under 6056 of the code. This 2-month extension [Read More…]

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act included in Federal Budget

On December 18, President Obama signed legislation to encourage businesses to share cyberthreat information with the federal government. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) is part of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. CISA will establish a process for the government to share cyberthreat information with businesses that voluntarily agree to participate in the program. The data shared [Read More…]

Data Breaches Increase Fraud Threats

Data breaches which expose personally identifiable information (PII) are a growing problem in today’s high tech world.  With each new protection measure fraud and security teams put in place, fraudsters seek out weak points and openings that they can target. The PII captured from breaches is often used for both identity theft and synthetic identity creation to open [Read More…]

Benefit Management Technology Transformation

On November 9, 2016, Workforce magazine will host its first annual Workforce Focus on Benefits Conference in Boston – and Equifax is thrilled to be a huge part of the inaugural event!  Just as the theme “The Technology Transformation” suggests, Workforce Focus will explore how employee benefit management is being transformed by technology. As employers [Read More…]

How the Government Is Leveraging Data to Verify Identities

Several members of the Identity and Fraud Solutions team recently attended the Global Identity Summit in Tampa. Rich Huffman, vice president of identity and fraud product management, spoke on a panel about how government entities are leveraging data when verifying identities to increase security and decrease fraud. The federal government identifies millions of people every [Read More…]

Short-Term E-Verify Reauthorization Passes with Stop-Gap Bill

Hours before the government was due to shut down, President Obama signed into law a stopgap measure which will fund the federal government through Dec. 11, 2015. As reported in our previous post, E-Verify Reauthorization Deadline Looms, the possibility of a government shutdown would have affected, among other programs, the E-Verify® program administered by U.S. Citizenship [Read More…]

National HealthIT Week: Protecting PHI

Protecting protected health information (PHI) requires vigilance in today’s environment of increased sharing of personal information online. National HealthIT Week (Oct 5-9) highlights the importance of health IT—specifically electronic health records (EHRs) which improve the quality of healthcare delivery, increase patient safety, decrease medical errors, and strengthen the interaction between patients and healthcare providers. Protecting [Read More…]