Retirees (21 - 30 of 52 items)
Retirement Income Data: Improvements Could Better Support Analysis of Future Retirees' Prospects
GAO-03-337: Published: Mar 21, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 21, 2003.
Future demographic trends include a doubling of the nation's retiree population and only modest labor force growth, leading to concerns about retirement income adequacy for future generations. Credible projections of the effects of policy proposals on federal spending and future retirees' income are necessary. Because adequate data is critical to the analysis of retirement income and wealth, GAO w...
Private Pensions: Improving Worker Coverage and Benefits
GAO-02-225: Published: Apr 9, 2002. Publicly Released: Apr 9, 2002.
Although pensions are an important source of income for many retirees, millions of workers lack individual pension coverage. Only half of the nation's workers have been covered by private employer-sponsored pensions since the 1970s. Traditional reforms to the voluntary, single-employer-based pension system have limited potential to expand pension coverage and improve worker benefits. These pension...
Retiree Health Benefits: Employer-Sponsored Benefits May Be Vulnerable to Further Erosion
GAO-01-374: Published: May 1, 2001. Publicly Released: May 31, 2001.
In 1999, nearly 10 million retired people aged 55 or older relied on employer-sponsored health insurance as either their primary source of coverage or as a supplement to their Medicare coverage. Some of these persons are concerned about the continued availability of employer-sponsored coverage. Premium increases and forecasts for a potential economic slowdown could further erode employer-sponsored...
DOD Retiree Health Benefits Liability: Evaluation of DOD's Sensitivity Analysis
GAO-01-164R: Published: Oct 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Oct 31, 2000.
GAO worked with the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop and report a reliable estimate for the postemployment health care benefits due to military retirees, their dependents, and survivors. To accomplish this, the DOD Office of Actuary has contracted with a private sector firm of actuaries and consultants, Milliman & Robertson. This report provides a non-technical summary of the contractor's fi...
Pension Plans: Characteristics of Persons in the Labor Force Without Pension Coverage
HEHS-00-131: Published: Aug 22, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) portion of the labor force without pension coverage and how that proportion has changed over the past decade; (2) characteristics of workers in that labor force; and (3) proportion and characteristics of retired people who lack pension income or pension assets.GAO noted that: (1) about 53 percent of the employed labor force...
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...
Federal Pensions: Relationship Between Retiree Pensions and Final Salaries
GGD-97-156: Published: Aug 11, 1997. Publicly Released: Aug 11, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO responded to a series of questions about federal pension costs and retirement policy, focusing on: (1) the number of federal retirees, if any, whose pensions have come to exceed the final salaries that they earned while working; (2) why these retirees' pensions came to exceed their final salaries; (3) the difference, if any, in these retirees' pension amoun...
HEHS-95-219R: Published: Aug 11, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the frequency and characteristics of cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) that retirees receive from public and private pension plans. GAO noted that: (1) Social Security and federal pension plans incorporate automatic, annual COLA; (2) over half the states reporting to the Bureau of Labor Statistics provide automatic COLA annually, gen...
Army Materiel Command: Providing Early Retirement Incentives in 1990 Could Have Saved Money
NSIAD-93-233: Published: Aug 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO estimated the potential savings to the government if the Army Materiel Command (AMC) had implemented certain retirement incentives in 1990.GAO found that: (1) the cost savings from additional retirements would have ranged from $100,000 to $250,000 per retiree if AMC did not replace the retiree; (2) factors affecting the costs of retirement incentives includ...
Retiree Health Plans: Health Benefits Not Secure Under Employer-Based System
HRD-93-125: Published: Jul 9, 1993. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on private-sector employers' reductions of retiree health benefits, focusing on the: (1) type of benefit reductions; (2) impact of Financial Accounting Standard (FAS) 106; and (3) federal courts' basis for allowing employers to reduce retiree health benefits.GAO found that: (1) employers are controlling retiree health benefit costs by i...