Economic conditions (1 - 6 of 6 items)
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Redesigned Premium Structure Could Better Align Rates with Risk from Plan Sponsors
GAO-13-58: Published: Nov 7, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 2012.
Various options are available to make the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) premium structure more risk-based and better reflect the risk of future claims. Historically, PBGC's premiums have not fully reflected the risks PBGC insures against--chiefly that a plan sponsor with an underfunded plan will become bankrupt, forcing the termination of the plan and imposing a claim on PBGC. PBGC...
Private Pensions: Little Information Available on Qualified Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans
GAO-11-533R: Published: May 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2011.
To raise private savings for workers' retirement, federal law provides tax incentives for contributions to pension plans. Company sponsors of private defined benefit (DB) pension plans can claim a tax deduction for their contribution amount to a tax-qualified pension plan, and employees' taxes on contributions and investment earnings are deferred until they retire and start receiving benefit payme...
Improving Financial Condition of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and Insured Pension Plans
HEHS-99-37R: Published: Dec 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) projections of its financial condition and assumptions used to prepare these projections; and (2) the funding status of the plans it insures and its strategy for investing its assets.GAO noted that: (1) PBGC uses different methodologies to forecast the financial condition of its...
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Financial Condition Improving, but Long-Term Risks Remain
HEHS-99-5: Published: Oct 16, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 16, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the long-term financial viability of the pension insurance programs, focusing on: (1) the financial condition of the insurance programs and trends in the plans they insure; (2) the impact the Retirement Protection Act of 1994 has had on the financial condition of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and insured plans; (3) risks to PBGC's...
Social Security: Past Projections and Future Financing Concerns
HRD-86-22: Published: Mar 11, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 11, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the past and current projections for the Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) trust fund, specifically the important assumptions underlying the revenue and spending projections that determine the trust fund balance.GAO found that: (1) through 1982, projections of the OASI trust fund balance have been inaccurate, because the inability to foresee e...
Effects of the 1980 Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act on Plan Participants' Benefits
HRD-85-58: Published: Jun 14, 1985. Publicly Released: Jun 14, 1985.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act, GAO studied the effects of plan terminations and benefits changes on plan participants.GAO found that: (1) while plan terminations increased from 27 in the 6 years before the act to 66 in the 4 years after, such terminations affected less than 1 percent of total plan participants nationwide; (2) the act was cited as a r...