I got the link from the original WaPo story...
The WaPo says:
"No one seems eager to take credit for reopening all these long-closed cases. A Social Security spokeswoman says the agency didn’t seek the change; ask Treasury. Treasury says it wasn’t us; try Congress. Congressional staffers say the request probably came from the bureaucracy.
The only explanation the government provides for suddenly going after decades-old debts comes from Social Security spokeswoman Dorothy Clark: “We have an obligation to current and future Social Security beneficiaries to attempt to recoup money that people received when it was not due.”
Since the drive to collect on very old debts began in 2011, the Treasury Department has collected $424 million in debts that were more than 10 years old. Those debts were owed to many federal agencies, but the one that has many Americans howling this tax season is the Social Security Administration, which has found 400,000 taxpayers who collectively owe $714 million on debts more than 10 years old. The agency expects to have begun proceedings against all of those people by this summer."
So, what we get is the nameless, faceless bureaucracy. What a crock....! The bill was passed in 2008, but the provision wasn't tapped until 2011....hmmmmm....Curious. But I just love the psychopathic bureaucrats like this woman at SSA, saying they have a duty to recoup money paid in overpayments.....45 years ago?!!!!! This is just a preview in my opinion of the authoritarian government we are headed for.