A blog called The Identity Project is alerting us to a plan by the Obama administration, specifically the State Department, to make our acquisition of a passport much more difficult.
By making us answer a detailed “Biographical Questionnaire” that includes all the addresses you’ve lived in since birth, your entire employment history, personal information about your siblings, your mother’s address a year before you were born, and — most bizarrely — the “religious ceremony” (if any) around the time of your birth.
Why does the feral gubmint need/want all this information?
It is Obama who should provide a detailed and complete Biographical Questionnaire, including his mother’s address at the time of his birth, as well as how he acquired his Connecticut Social Security number!
The Identity Project – March 18, 2011
The proposed “Biographical Questionnaire” follows the introduction in December 2010 of a new Form DS-11 for all passport applicants. It seems likely that only some, not all, applicants will be required to fill out the new questionnaire, but no criteria have been made public for determining who will be subjected to these additional new written interrogatories.
It’s not clear from the supporting statement, statement of legal authorities, or regulatory assessment submitted by the State Department to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) why declining to discuss one’s siblings or to provide the phone number of your first supervisor when you were a teenager working at McDonalds would be a legitimate basis for denial of a passport to a U.S. citizen.
The State Department is accepting comments for OMB on this proposal on this proposal for 60 days, which began February 14, 2010, and thus should run through April 15, 2011. (Under the Paperwork Reduction Act, OMB must approve and assign an OMB control number before any new form can be used.) Details and instructions for submitting comments are in the Federal Register notice:
You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
Mail (paper, disk, or CD-ROM submissions): Alexys Garcia, U.S. Department of State, 2100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Room 3031, Washington, DC 20037
Hand Delivery or Courier: Alexys Garcia, U.S. Department of State, 2100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Room 3031, Washington, DC 20037
You must include the DS form number [DS-5513], information collection title [Biographical Questionnaire for U.S. Passport], and OMB control number [none yet assigned; 1405-XXXX requested by Dept. of State] in any correspondence.
We’ll be submitting comments, and we encourage others to do so as well.
The Identity Project explores and defends the fundamental American right to move freely around our country and to live without constantly having to prove who we are or why we are here.