Retirement benefits (41 - 50 of 101 items)
Social Security Reform: Implications for Private Pensions
HEHS-00-187: Published: Sep 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the interactions between Social Security and private pensions, focusing on the: (1) primary linkages between Social Security and private pensions and the way they interact to provide retirement income for workers and families; (2) effects of traditional Social Security reforms on the structure of employer-sponsored pension plans thro...
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...
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...
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...
401(k) Pension Plans: Extent of Plans' Investments in Employer Securities and Real Property
HEHS-98-28: Published: Nov 28, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the extent to which 401(k) plan assets are invested in employer securities and real property; (2) the protection and any possible problems associated with the recent amendments to title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA); and (3) alternate mechanisms that might safeguard the retirement benefits of p...
Social Security Reform: Implications for the Financial Well-Being of Women
T-HEHS-97-112: Published: Apr 10, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1997.
GAO discussed the impacts of proposals to finance and restructure the Social Security system, specifically the impacts on the financial well-being of women.GAO noted that: (1) its work shows that, despite the provisions of the Social Security Act that do not differentiate between men and women, women tend to receive lower benefits than men; (2) this is due primarily to differences in lifetime earn...
Private Pensions: Most Employers That Offer Pensions Use Defined Contribution Plans
GGD-97-1: Published: Oct 3, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) numbers and types of pension plans sponsored nationwide by private employers from 1984 to 1993; (2) proportions of total contributions made to these plans by employers and employees; (3) average administrative expense for these plans; and (4) reasons employers sponsor certain types of pension plans.GAO found that: (1) using...
401(k) Pension Plans: Many Take Advantage of Opportunity to Ensure Adequate Retirement Income
HEHS-96-176: Published: Aug 2, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on 401(k) pension plans, focusing on: (1) the proportion of workers covered by 401(k) pension plans; (2) workers' contributions to their 401(k) pension plans; and (3) how workers invest their pension account balances.GAO found that: (1) half of all workers and nearly two-thirds of workers nearing retirement age are covered by a pension...
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...
Congressional Retirement Costs
GGD-96-24R: Published: Oct 12, 1995. Publicly Released: Oct 12, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the proposal to change the congressional retirement system, focusing on: (1) the cost of congressional retirement benefits; (2) the potential savings from the proposal; (3) how private sector retirement systems compare with the congressional retirement system; and (4) the extent to which private sector employers are replacing defined...