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Presidential Initiatives


Program Managers

Linda McCaw

Charles Rothwell

Managing Partners

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)


Promotes automating how deaths are registered with the states (Electronic Death Registration (EDR)).

Progress to Date

  • Oregon, California, Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington State, the District of Columbia, New Mexico, Nebraska, Nevada and New York City have implemented their EDR systems.

Next Steps

  • Assist the following states in implementing their EDR systems: Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Vermont, Wisconsin, Oregon, North Dakota, Kansas, Indiana, Idaho, Florida, Arkansas.


E-Vital Metrics

Exhibit 300s

No BY09 300 submitted due to agency program management transition.


Federal, state, and local government agencies need state vital records (e.g., death certificates) to administer programs that promote the health and security of all citizens. The information collected by the states involves many participants including funeral directors, physicians, medical examiners and hospitals. The processes currently used to collect and maintain vital records data are largely manual and paper-based, resulting in error rates, fraud and delays in service delivery to citizens as well as cross-agency data exchanges.

The E-Vital initiative assists states in automating and streamlining the current paper-bound processes used to collect, process, analyze and disseminate death records information among government agencies and others that require access to vital records data according to state and Federal laws and regulations. E-Vital assists states in implementing their Electronic Death Registration (EDR) systems, which automate the transfer of death certificate information using the Internet, resulting in more accurate and available information.

In addition to reducing administrative, program, and customer costs associated with death records, E-Vital enhances the ability of state and Federal agencies to provide quality customer service by improving the accuracy and speed of access to death records data. E-Vital will also help to eliminate benefits fraud and erroneous payments resulting from untimely and inaccurate death records. Initial estimates indicate that E-Vital will produce cost savings in hundreds of millions for Federal and state government agencies. The states are key participants in this effort along with the Social Security Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services.