Retirement benefits (11 - 20 of 29 items)
Income Security Issues Issue Area Plan--Fiscal Years 1995-96
IAP-95-33: Published: Aug 1, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 1, 1995.
GAO presented its Income Security Issues issue area plan for fiscal years 1995 and 1996.GAO plans to: (1) identify cost-saving opportunities in welfare, disability, and child support programs; (2) reduce fraud and abuse in disability programs through computer matching and fraud prevention programs; (3) examine ways to remove medically improved individuals from disability rolls; (4) identify ways t...
DOE Management: Contract Provisions Do Not Protect DOE From Unnecessary Pension Costs
RCED-94-201: Published: Aug 26, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Department of Energy (DOE) pension fund payments for University of California employees at three DOE laboratories, focusing on whether: (1) DOE can recover the payments if they are unneeded; and (2) provisions in revised contracts will allow DOE to control its future pension costs and prevent unneeded payments.GAO found that: (1) unneeded DOE pensi...
Small Pension Plans: Concerns About the IRS Actuarial Audit Program
HRD-93-64: Published: Jun 30, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the impact of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Actuarial Audit Program on small business sponsors of defined benefit pension plans.GAO found that: (1) IRS initiated its small pension plan audit program to identify abusive tax practices; (2) IRS did not address issues and questions needing immediate resolution when it initiated the program or pr...
Improving the Financial Condition of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
T-HRD-92-60: Published: Sep 25, 1992. Publicly Released: Sep 25, 1992.
GAO discussed the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) financial condition. GAO noted that: (1) the PBGC deficit, which has grown significantly in recent years, totalled $2.3 billion at the end of fiscal year 1991; (2) large unfunded liabilities in the plans it currently insures present the greatest threat to PBGC, which estimates that its deficit could grow to $17.9 billion by 2001; (3)...
Pension Plans: IRS Needs to Strengthen Its Enforcement Program
HRD-91-10: Published: Jul 2, 1991. Publicly Released: Aug 5, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the effectiveness of the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) enforcement program, focusing on recent changes that shifted resources from reviewing plan designs to examining plan activities.GAO found that: (1) in recent years, IRS spent most ERISA enforcement resources on reviewing and approving...
Pension Plans: Terminations, Asset Reversions, and Replacements Following Leveraged Buyouts
HRD-91-21: Published: Mar 4, 1991. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed what happened to the 558 defined pension plans of 121 public companies acquired in leveraged buyouts (LBO).GAO found that: (1) 20 percent of the defined benefit plans sponsored by the companies were terminated after LBO; (2) the most common reasons for plan terminations included adopting a new plan and the sale of a plant or division; (3) 99 percen...
Private Pensions: Impact of New Vesting Rules Similar for Women and Men
HRD-90-101: Published: Aug 21, 1990. Publicly Released: Aug 21, 1990.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the impact of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 provisions that changed vesting requirements for participants in private pension plans, focusing on the: (1) proportion of women and men vested under the old and new rules; and (2) changes in vested benefits due to the act.GAO found that: (1) the provisions improved employees' vesting status and had a simi...
Private Pensions: Impact of Vesting and Minimum Benefit and Contribution Rules in Top-Heavy Plans
HRD-90-4BR: Published: Oct 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information about tax reform legislation's effects on the vesting status of participants in top-heavy pension plans, in which more than 60 percent of benefits or contributions go to company owners or other key employees.GAO found that tax reform legislation established a maximum 3- to 6-year waiting period for vesting in top-heavy pension plans and...
Pension Plans: Vesting Status of Participants in Selected Small Plans
HRD-88-31: Published: Oct 30, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the vesting status of individuals in top-heavy retirement plans in small businesses with fewer than 100 employees, to determine the likely effect of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 on their vesting status.GAO found that of the 128 retirement plans it reviewed: (1) shorter-tenured workers would have been adversely affected by the change...
Vesting Status of Selected Participants in Top-Heavy Pension Plans
T-HRD-88-3: Published: Oct 23, 1987. Publicly Released: Oct 23, 1987.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the effect of replacing 1982 "top-heavy" pension plan vesting rules with those of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. After comparing the vesting status of 859 active participants in 128 top-heavy small-business pension plans, GAO noted that, if the plans had used the 1986 graded vesting schedule: (1) the proportion of nonvested women would have increased...