The National Directory of New Hires (NDNH), a database that contains personal and financial data on nearly every working American, as well as those receiving unemployment compensation.

Background on the NDNH Database

The National Directory of New Hires was originally established by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help states locate non-custodial parents living in a different state, so that child support payments could be withheld from that parent's paycheck.

Since its enactment in 1996, the National Directory of New Hires database has been extended to several additional programs and agencies to verify program eligibility, prevent or end fraud, collect overpayments, or assure that program benefits are correct.

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An Overview of the NDNH Database

This 2014 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report provides an overview of the NDNH database.

As the report notes, the National Directory of New Hires is more than just a directory of information on new employees hired.  It is a database that includes information on:

1) All newly hired employees, compiled from state reports and reports from federal employers

2) The quarterly wage reports of existing employees in Unemployment Compensation (UC)-covered employment, and

3) Unemployment compensation claims filed.

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