Retirement income (41 - 50 of 51 items)
Social Security: Implications of Extending Mandatory Coverage to State and Local Employees
HEHS-98-196: Published: Aug 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the implications of extending mandatory social security coverage to all newly hired state and local employees, focusing on: (1) the implications of mandatory coverage for the Social Security Program and for public employers, employees, and pension plans; and (2) potential legal or administrative problems associated with implementing mandatory cover...
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...
401(k) Pension Plans: Loan Provisions Enhance Participation But May Affect Income Security for Some
HEHS-98-5: Published: Oct 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) determined the effects of pension-plan borrowing on participation in and contributions to 401(k) pension plans; (2) described the demographic and economic characteristics of workers who borrow from their pension accounts; and (3) identified the potential consequences for participants who borrow from their pension accounts.GAO found that: (1) plans that...
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...
Private Pensions: Plan Provisions Differ Between Large and Small Employers
HRD-89-105BR: Published: Sep 26, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 1989.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO studied private pension plans, focusing on the: (1) differing pension plan options that employers chose within the limits of the law in 1985; and (2) effects of Tax Reform Act of 1986 rule changes on plans and participants.GAO found that: (1) four out of five pension plans used some combination of age and service to determine worker eligibility for plan p...
Private Pensions: Portability and Preservation of Vested Pension Benefits
HRD-89-15BR: Published: Feb 3, 1989. Publicly Released: Feb 3, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed issues relating to the portability and preservation of private pension benefits, specifically: (1) whether job mobility adversely affected retirement income; (2) what kinds of portability and preservation arrangements existed and the extent to which they were used; and (3) the problems and tradeoffs involved in implementing proposals to enhance...
Pension Portability and Preservation: Issues and Proposals
T-HRD-88-24: Published: Jul 12, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 12, 1988.
GAO examined pension portability and preservation for workers who have vested pension benefits, focusing on: (1) how job mobility affected workers' pension incomes in retirement; (2) types of portability and preservation arrangements; and (3) legislative proposals designed to enhance pension portability and preservation. GAO found that: (1) workers vested in a series of defined benefit plans could...
Retirement Income: 1984 Pension Law Will Help Some Widows but Not the Poorest
HRD-88-77: Published: Jul 11, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1988.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO analyzed the potential effects of the spousal consent provision of the Retirement Equity Act of 1984 on the economic status of future widows, focusing on: (1) how many wives could gain entitlement to survivor benefits as a result of the act; (2) what economic circumstances influenced whether husbands selected survivor benefits, prior to the act; (3) to wh...
Proposals To Change the Military Retirement System
128624: Dec 5, 1985
GAO testified on the structure of the Department of Defense's (DOD) military retirement system, specifically: (1) the recent change to accrual accounting for retirement annuities; (2) DOD proposals to change the system; and (3) the accuracy of the estimated accrual savings that would result from enacting DOD proposals. GAO noted that: (1) unlike common private-sector practice, the receipt of socia...
Effects of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act on Pension Plans With Fewer Than 100 Participants
HRD-79-56: Published: Apr 16, 1979. Publicly Released: Apr 16, 1979.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) established minimum standards and requirements governing the design and operation of private pension plans. Responsibilities for carrying out the Act are assigned to the Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. As of mid-1977, 471,341 (93 percent) of the private pension plans had fewer than...