As an update to a story previously reported here, Holly Ramer of the Associated Press reports:
Rep. Paul Hodes has asked the Social Security Administration to investigate and stop a processing glitch that linked U.S. numbers to those issued in three foreign countries and could be causing credit problems for his constituents.
The problem—which mostly affects numbers issued in Maine and New Hampshire—involves three Pacific island nations that receive disaster loans, grants and other aid from the United States in exchange for military privileges in the region.
The Associated Press reported in August that some U.S. agencies treat Social Security numbers issued by the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau as if they were U.S. numbers, regardless of whether they are already in use.
Read the full story in The News-Times