The Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA, P.L. 104-134) provided for the
establishment of the Treasury Offset Program (TOP).
Section 3720A of 31 U.S.C. and Section 1008 of 42 U.S.C. permit SSA to recover delinquent
SVB overpayments from former recipients by offsetting their Federal income tax refunds
For a detailed description of the TOP process, see GN 02201.029.
NOTE: Inputs to the MSSICS Overpayment Screens will be passed along to the TOP system.
For instructions and a detailed description of the TRO process, see SI 02220.012.