Social security benefits (11 - 20 of 29 items)
The Federal Employees' Retirement System: Potential Changes in Agency Retirement Costs Following an Open Season
T-GGD-98-27: Published: Nov 5, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1997.
GAO discussed the potential impact on agency retirement costs of a retirement system open season in which anyone who is a general civilian employee of the federal government and is participating in the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the CSRS Offset Plan would be allowed to transfer to the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), focusing on the potential changes in retirement costs c...
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...
Federal Retirement: Federal and Private Sector Retirement Program Benefits Vary
GGD-97-40: Published: Apr 7, 1997. Publicly Released: May 7, 1997.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO reviewed federal and nonfederal retirement programs, focusing on: (1) an update of the reports on nonfederal retirement programs GAO completed for Congress when the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) was being designed; and (2) a comparison of current nonfederal programs with FERS and the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). GAO did not independen...
Income Security Issue Area: Active Assignments
AA-97-11(2): Published: Apr 15, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 15, 1997.
GAO provided information on its active assignments in the Income Security issue area as of April 15, 1997...
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...
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...
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...
Federal Retirement Issues
T-GGD-95-111: Published: Mar 10, 1995. Publicly Released: Mar 10, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed how federal employee retirement benefits compare with those of congressional members and staff and nonfederal retirement plans. GAO noted that: (1) members of Congress can retire at younger ages and with less service than federal and congressional employees under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS); (2) the CSRS formula for calculating memb...
Women's Pensions: Recent Legislation Generally Improved Pension Entitlement and Increased Benefits
T-HRD-92-20: Published: Mar 26, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 26, 1992.
GAO discussed the results of its studies on women's pension issues, focusing on: (1) the impact of the vesting and benefit distribution provisions under the Tax Reform Act of 1986; (2) widows' receipt of survivor pension income and the impact of the Retirement Equity Act of 1984 on their access to those benefits; (3) the role of the private pension system in improving the economic condition of poo...