Income maintenance programs (1 - 10 of 25 items)
Retirement Security: Annuities with Guaranteed Lifetime Withdrawals Have Both Benefits and Risks, but Regulation Varies across States
GAO-13-75: Published: Dec 10, 2012. Publicly Released: Jan 9, 2013.
Annuities with guaranteed lifetime withdrawals can help older Americans ensure they do not outlive their assets, but do present some risks to consumers. Two such products, variable annuities with guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefits (VA/GLWB) and contingent deferred annuities (CDA), share a number of features but have some important structural differences. For example, both provide consumers wi...
Retirement Income: Ensuring Income throughout Retirement Requires Difficult Choices
GAO-11-400: Published: Jun 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 2011.
As life expectancy increases, the risk that retirees will outlive their assets is a growing challenge. The shift from defined benefit (DB) pension plans to defined contribution (DC) plans also increases the responsibility for workers and retirees to make difficult decisions and manage their pension and other financial assets so that they have income throughout retirement. GAO was asked to review (...
Retirement Income: Challenges for Ensuring Income throughout Retirement
GAO-10-632R: Published: Apr 28, 2010. Publicly Released: May 4, 2010.
As the life expectancy of Americans continues to increase, the risk that retirees will outlive their assets is a growing challenge. Today, couples both aged 62 have a 47 percent chance that at least one of them will live to their 90th birthday. In addition to the risk of outliving ones' assets, the sharp declines in financial markets and home equity during the last few years and the continued incr...
Social Security: Options to Protect Benefits for Vulnerable Groups When Addressing Program Solvency
GAO-10-101R: Published: Dec 7, 2009. Publicly Released: Dec 7, 2009.
For over 70 years, Social Security has been the foundation of retirement income for American workers and their families and has been instrumental in reducing poverty among the elderly. The Congressional Research Service estimates that if Social Security benefits did not exist, an estimated 44 percent of all elderly people would be poor today. Still, some people who receive Social Security retireme...
Social Security: Reform Proposals Could Have a Variety of Effects on Distribution of Benefits and Payroll Taxes
GAO-04-872T: Published: Jun 15, 2004. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 2004.
Under the current Social Security benefit formula, retired workers can receive benefits at age 65 that equal about 50 percent of preretirement earnings for an illustrative low-wage worker but only about 30 percent for an illustrative high-wage worker. Factors other than earnings also influence the distribution of benefits, including the program's provisions for disabled workers, spouses, children,...
Social Security: Issues in Evaluating Reform Proposals
GAO-02-288T: Published: Dec 10, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2001.
This testimony discusses the long-term viability of the Social Security program. Social Security's Trust Funds will not be exhausted until 2038, but the trustees now project that the program's cash demands on the rest of the federal government will begin much sooner. Aiming for sustainable solvency would increase the chance that future policymakers would not have to face these difficult questions...
Social Security: Issues Involving Benefit Equity for Working Women
HEHS-96-55: Published: Apr 10, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined whether married women and widows were being treated fairly under the Social Security system, focusing on: (1) how economic and demographic trends may affect women's future benefits; and (2) past proposals that have addressed these concerns.GAO noted that: (1) the Social Security Act is gender neutral when it comes to awarding individual retirement...
Disability Insurance: Broader Management Focus Needed to Better Control Caseload
T-HEHS-95-164: Published: May 23, 1995. Publicly Released: May 23, 1995.
GAO discussed the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program, focusing on the Social Security Administration's (SSA) initiatives to manage program growth. GAO noted that: (1) the number of disabled beneficiaries has significantly increased in the past 10 years, mainly due to increasing applications and awards, expansions in eligibility criteria, program outreach, and poor economic condition...
Social Security: GAO's Analysis of the Notch Issue
T-HEHS-94-236: Published: Sep 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 16, 1994.
GAO discussed the differences in Social Security benefits for retirees with similar work histories. GAO noted that: (1) retirees in the notch group who claim an inequity are comparing themselves to a group of retirees that receive benefits based on an overgenerous formula; (2) proposed legislative remedies for providing additional benefits to the notch group will be costly; (3) further diminishing...
CDR Process Could Be Enhanced
HEHS-94-212R: Published: Jul 29, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) new process for conducting continuing disability reviews (CDR). GAO found that: (1) SSA could reliably base its decisions on when to conduct full medical examinations on beneficiary self-reported data in combination with other key SSA information; (2) SSA has taken steps to assess the reliability of its se...