Employee retirements (1 - 10 of 20 items)
Private Pensions: Changes Needed to Provide 401(k) Plan Participants and the Department of Labor Better Information on Fees
GAO-07-21: Published: Nov 16, 2006. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2006.
American workers are increasingly relying on 401(k) plans, which allow pre-tax contributions to individual accounts, for their retirement income. As workers accrue earnings on their investments, they also pay a number of fees that may significantly decrease their retirement savings. Because of concerns about the effects of fees on participants' retirement savings, GAO examined (1) the types of fee...
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Single-Employer Pension Insurance Program Faces Significant Long-Term Risks
GAO-04-90: Published: Oct 29, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 29, 2003.
More than 34 million participants 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), to a $10...
Federal Pensions: DOL Oversight and Thrift Savings Plan Accountability
GAO-03-400: Published: Apr 23, 2003. Publicly Released: May 15, 2003.
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for federal employees, governed by the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (the TSP Board). Recent events relating to the TSP Board's contract to upgrade TSP's record keeping system have raised questions about the management of the TSP. In light of the TSP Board's actions relating to the record keeping system and the...
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Statutory Limitation on Administrative Expenses Does Not Provide Meaningful Control
GAO-03-301: Published: Feb 28, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 31, 2003.
Concerned about the increasing proportion of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) operational and administrative budget that is outside the annual administrative expense limitation, the Ranking Minority Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging asked GAO to review PBGC's (1) application of the limitations set forth in its appropriations in developing its budget estimates and (2)...
Improving Financial Condition of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and Insured Pension Plans
HEHS-99-37R: Published: Dec 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) projections of its financial condition and assumptions used to prepare these projections; and (2) the funding status of the plans it insures and its strategy for investing its assets.GAO noted that: (1) PBGC uses different methodologies to forecast the financial condition of its...
Public Pensions: State and Local Government Contributions to Underfunded Plans
HEHS-96-56: Published: Mar 14, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 12, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the status of public pension plan funding, focusing on the basic pension plans of state and local governments.GAO found that: (1) states and localities with underfunded pension plans run the risk of reducing future pension benefits to taxpayers or raising revenues; (2) unfunded liabilities for all state and local pension plans totalled $200 billion...
Underfunded Pension Plans: Stronger Funding Rules Needed to Reduce Federal Government's Growing Exposure
T-HEHS-94-191: Published: Jun 15, 1994. Publicly Released: Jun 15, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed its ongoing study of current pension plan funding rules and the impact of proposed pension reform legislation on underfunded plans insured by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). GAO noted that: (1) in 1992, underfunding in PBGC-insured single-employer plans increased to over $50 billion; (2) continued underfunding increases PBGC liabi...
Underfunded Pension Plans: Federal Government's Growing Exposure Indicates Need For Stronger Funding Rules
T-HEHS-94-149: Published: Apr 19, 1994. Publicly Released: Apr 19, 1994.
GAO discussed its ongoing study of current pension plan funding rules and the impact of proposed pension reform legislation on underfunded plans insured by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). GAO noted that: (1) underfunding in PBGC-insured single-employer plans increased from $31 billion in 1990 to over $50 billion in 1992; (2) current law provides for an offset that either completel...
Accountability: More Vital Than Ever
149123: Mar 1, 1993
GAO discussed accountability in government institutions. GAO noted that: (1) accountability is the mechanism for maintaining public trust that is crucial to business and government enterprises; (2) the government needs the support of the public in order to carry out health care reform, defense restructuring, education and training initiatives, and deficit reduction; (3) recent scandals and financi...
Pension Plans: Underfunded Plans Threaten PBGC
T-HRD-93-2: Published: Feb 4, 1993. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 1993.
GAO discussed problems facing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), focusing on management reforms, modification of pension funding rules, and changes in the insurance premium structure. GAO noted that: (1) weaknesses in internal controls and financial systems have undermined PBGC ability to administer the pension insurance program; (2) PBGC efforts to identify and collect delinquent an...