Federal employee retirement programs (1 - 10 of 27 items)
Retirement Security: Challenges and Prospects for Employees of Small Businesses
GAO-13-748T: Published: Jul 16, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2013.
About 14 percent of small employers sponsor some type of plan for their employees to save for retirement and these employers in general can face numerous challenges establishing and maintaining a plan. GAO's March 2012 report found that many of the small employers who were contacted said they felt overwhelmed by the number of plan options, plan administration requirements, and fiduciary responsibi...
State and Local Government Pension Plans: Current Structure and Funded Status
GAO-08-983T: Published: Jul 10, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2008.
Millions of state and local government employees are promised pension benefits when they retire. Although these benefits are not subject, for the most part, to federal laws governing private sector benefits, there is a federal interest in ensuring that all American have a secure retirement, as reflected in the special tax treatment provided for private and public pension funds. Recently, new accou...
Individual Retirement Accounts: Government Actions Could Encourage More Employers to Offer IRAs to Employees
GAO-08-590: Published: Jun 4, 2008. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 2008.
Congress created individual retirement accounts (IRAs) with two goals: (1) to provide a retirement savings vehicle for workers without employer-sponsored retirement plans, and (2) to preserve individuals' savings in employer-sponsored retirement plans. However, questions remain about IRAs' effectiveness in facilitating new, or additional, retirement savings. GAO was asked to report on (1) how IRA...
Private Pensions: Timely and Accurate Information Is Needed to Identify and Track Frozen Defined Benefit Plans
GAO-04-200R: Published: Dec 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2003.
While private-sector pensions help millions of Americans achieve retirement income security, the number of private defined benefit (DB) plans1 has declined substantially over the past two decades. Recently, those concerned with the viability of the private defined benefit pension system point to significant increases in pension contributions plan sponsors must make and to the fact that most plans...
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Long-Term Financing Risks to Single-Employer Insurance Program Highlight Need for Comprehensive Reform
GAO-04-150T: Published: Oct 14, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2003.
More than 34 million workers and retirees in 30,000 single-employer defined benefit pension plans rely on a federal insurance program managed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to protect their pension benefits, and the program's long-term financial viability is in doubt. Over the last decade, the program swung from a $3.6 billion accumulated deficit (liabilities exceeded assets),...
Federal Retirement: Key Elements Are Included in Agencies' Education Programs
GGD-99-27: Published: Mar 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the retirement education that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and agencies provide to federal civilian employees covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS).GAO noted that: (1) OPM and the experts with whom GAO consulted held generally consistent views regarding the recommended c...
State Pension Plans: Similarities and Differences Between Federal and State Designs
GGD-99-45: Published: Mar 19, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 19, 1999.
GAO provided information on the: (1) design components of retirement programs that states offer to their general employees and compared them to the design components of the two principal retirement programs for federal employees; and (2) changes states have considered and made to their retirement programs.GAO noted that: (1) all states used two or more of the four design components, but few of the...
Social Security: Different Approaches for Addressing Program Solvency
HEHS-98-33: Published: Jul 22, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 21, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on issues related to social security financing, focusing on: (1) the various perspectives that underlie the current solvency debate; (2) the reform options within the current program structure; (3) the issues that might arise if social security were restructured to include individual retirement accounts; and (4) the likely impacts on na...
Railroad Retirement: Enhancing Portability Would Raise Cost and Policy Concerns
GGD-98-168: Published: Aug 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the portability of Railroad Retirement Benefits, focusing on: (1) which, if any, Railroad Retirement benefits are portable; (2) what changes could be made to the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS) that might enhance the portability of Railroad Retirement benefits into FERS for former railroad employees who secure federal civilian employmen...
Private Pensions: Plan Features Provided By Employers That Sponsor Only Defined Contribution Plans
GGD-98-23: Published: Dec 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the general features of defined contribution (DC) plans in the private sector, focusing on: (1) eligibility requirements for employee participation; (2) arrangements for employer and participant contributions; (3) eligibility requirements for employee rights to accrued benefits; (4) employee investment options; (5) loan and other provisions for par...