Pension plan cost control (11 - 20 of 26 items)
Private Pensions: Funding Rule Change Needed to Reduce PBGC's Multibillion Dollar Exposure
HEHS-95-5: Published: Oct 5, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 5, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the underfunding problems of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), focusing on the: (1) efficacy of Pension Protection Act (PPA) provisions in reducing underfunding; and (2) potential impact of the proposed Pension Funding Improvement Act (PFIA) of 1993 and Retirement Protection Act (RPA) of 1993 on improving plan funding.GAO found that:...
Pension Plans: Labor Should Not Ignore Some Small Plans That Report Violations
HRD-93-45: Published: Mar 26, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Department of Labor's (DOL) corrective actions concerning prohibited pension plan asset use, focusing on: (1) whether DOL and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) adequately identified and acted on reported information about possible violations; and (2) those agencies' procedures and practices for resolving apparent violations.GAO...
Pension Plans: Fiduciary Violations in Terminated Underfunded Plans
HRD-91-87: Published: May 13, 1991. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed fund abuses in pension plans for which the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) assumed responsibility, focusing on: (1) the extent to which such abuses occurred; (2) whether PBGC identified the abuses; and (3) the adequacy of PBGC actions in pursuing legal remedies, including recovering misused funds.GAO found that: (1) fiduciaries' fund ab...
Railroad Retirement: Future Rail Employment and Trust Fund Solvency
HRD-89-30: Published: Apr 5, 1989. Publicly Released: May 8, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO assessed the railroad retirement program, focusing on: (1) factors influencing the level of railroad employment; and (2) independent estimates of rail employment used to project the financial state of the railroad retirement trust fund.GAO found that: (1) railroad employment had dropped over 40 percent since 1980 and was likely to continue to decline to...
Pension Plans: Government Insurance Program Threatened by Its Growing Deficit
HRD-87-42: Published: Mar 19, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO assessed the: (1) causes of large claims against the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) insurance program; and (2) potential effects of the Single Employer Pension Plan Amendments Act (SEPPAA).GAO found that: (1) 90 percent of the $501 million in claims against PBGC from 1983 through 1985 resulted from 23 employers terminating 33 pension plans; (...
Financial Condition of the Single Employer Pension Plan Insurance Program
T-HRD-87-8: Published: Apr 7, 1987. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1987.
GAO discussed the financial condition of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) Single Employer Pension Insurance Program, which generally guarantees workers' vested benefits when a private pension plan terminates. GAO noted that the program is in serious financial trouble because: (1) it had a reported deficit of $3.8 billion as of September 30, 1986; (2) the deficit could reach an est...
The Underfunding of Single Employer Pension Plans
130198: Jun 24, 1986
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on private pension plan underfunding, specifically: (1) its extent and effects; (2) factors contributing to underfunding; (3) the potential of the Single Employer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1986 to alleviate the effects of underfunded terminations; and (4) alternatives for controlling underfunding. GAO found that: (1) of the 14,5...
Pension Plans: Plans With Excess Assets
HRD-86-100BR: Published: May 30, 1986. Publicly Released: May 30, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on excess assets in ongoing single-employer-defined benefit pension plans.GAO analyzed ongoing plans for 1981 and 1983 to assess the extent of and changes in excess plan assets. GAO found that, in 1983: (1) 10,080 of the 14,581 plans were overfunded by a total of about $57 billion; (2) about 70 percent of the 10,080 overfunded plans had assets t...
Pension Plans: Termination of Plans With Excess Assets
HRD-86-89BR: Published: Apr 30, 1986. Publicly Released: May 30, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on defined benefit pension plan terminations involving the reversion of excess plan assets to employers.GAO found that: (1) a higher-than-expected rate of return on investments was most often cited as the reason plans had excess assets at termination; (2) changes in corporate structure and employers' desire to use excess plan assets for non-pens...
1980 Multiemployer Pension Amendments: Overview of Effects and Issues
HRD-86-4: Published: Feb 13, 1986. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reported on: (1) changes in the Pension Plan Insurance Program's financial condition since the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980 (MPPAA) was enacted; (2) the act's initial effects on the program, plan participants, and contributing employers; and (3) possible effects of the act over the long term.GAO found that, at the time MPPAA was enac...