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Private Pensions: GAO Survey of 401(k) Plan Sponsor Practices (GAO-08-870SP, July 2008), an E-supplement to GAO-08-774
GAO-08-870SP: Published: Jul 16, 2008. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2008.
American workers are increasingly reliant on 401(k) plans for their retirement security, and sponsors of 401(k) plans have critical obligations under the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). To administer these plans, the sponsor--typically the employer offering the 401(k) plan--selects plan features and other characteristics, including the types of investment options offered...
Private Pensions: Low Defined Contribution Plan Savings May Pose Challenges to Retirement Security, Especially for Many Low-Income Workers
GAO-08-8: Published: Nov 29, 2007. Publicly Released: Dec 11, 2007.
Over the last 25 years, pension coverage has shifted primarily from "traditional" defined benefit (DB) plans, in which workers accrue benefits based on years of service and earnings, toward defined contribution (DC) plans, in which participants accumulate retirement balances in individual accounts. DC plans provide greater portability of benefits, but shift the responsibility of saving for retirem...
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...
Commercial Aviation: Preliminary Observations on Legacy Airlines' Financial Condition, Bankruptcy, and Pension Issues
GAO-05-835T: Published: Jun 22, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 22, 2005.
Since 2001, the U.S. airline industry has confronted unprecedented financial losses. Two of the nation's largest airlines--United Airlines and US Airways--went into bankruptcy, terminating their pension plans and passing the unfunded liability to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). PBGC's unfunded liability was $9.6 billion; plan participants lost $5.2 billion in benefits. Considerabl...
Postal Pension Funding Reform: Issues Related to the Postal Service's Proposed Use of Pension Savings
GAO-04-238: Published: Nov 26, 2003. Publicly Released: Nov 26, 2003.
In April 2003, Congress enacted the Postal Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) Funding Reform Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-18), which\ lowered the Postal Service's (Service) annual payment for its CSRS obligation by over $2.5 billion beginning in fiscal year 2003. P.L. 108-18 includes requiring (1) the Service to begin making payments into an escrow account in fiscal year 2006, (2) the Service to issu...
Social Security Reform: Analysis of a Trust Fund Exhaustion Scenario Illustrates the Difficult Choices and the Need for Early Action
GAO-03-1038T: Published: Jul 29, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2003.
Social Security is an important social insurance program affecting virtually every American family. It is the foundation of the nation's retirement income system and also provides millions of Americans with disability insurance and survivors' benefits. Over the long term, as the baby boom generation retires, Social Security's financing shortfall presents a major program solvency and sustainability...
Social Security: Actuarial Projections of the Trust Funds
AIMD-00-53R: Published: Jan 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) report on the actuarial projections for the trust funds of the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance programs, focusing on whether the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Board of Trustees': (1) 1999 long-range intermediate actuarial projections--their best estimates--as presented in the Trustees' 1999 re...
Financial Audit: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's 1992 and 1991 Financial Statements
AIMD-93-21: Published: Sep 29, 1993. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1993.
GAO examined the financial statements of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) Single-Employer and Multiemployer Funds for the years ended September 30, 1992 and 1991, focusing on PBGC: (1) financial condition; (2) internal controls; and (3) compliance with applicable laws and regulations.GAO found that: (1) PBGC financial statements for the year ended September 30, 1992, were reliable...
Pension Plans: Investments in Affordable Housing Possible With Government Assistance
HRD-92-55: Published: Jun 12, 1992. Publicly Released: Jun 12, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed how pension funds are used to help finance affordable housing for low-and moderate-income families, focusing on: (1) the features and common elements of 15 affordable housing arrangements financed by pension funds; and (2) the expected rates of return on such housing investments.GAO found that: (1) the nature and extent of pension fund involvement...
Financial Audit: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's 1991 and 1990 Financial Statements
AFMD-92-35: Published: Mar 2, 1992. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 1992.
GAO reviewed the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) financial statements for the fiscal years ended September 30, 1991 and 1990.GAO found that: (1) PBGC made a major commitment to correct internal control weaknesses GAO identified during its attempt to audit fiscal year (FY) 1990 financial statements, but did not make sufficient progress for GAO to complete a financial audit of FY 1991...