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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...
Social Security Reform: Preliminary Lessons from Other Countries' Experiences
GAO-05-810T: Published: Jun 16, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 2005.
Many countries, including the United States, are grappling with demographic change and its effect on their national pension systems. The number of workers for each retiree is falling in most developed countries, straining the finances of national pension programs, particularly where contributions from current workers fund payments to current beneficiaries--known as a "pay-as-you-go" (PAYG) system...
Employee Benefits Security Administration: Improvements Have Been Made to Pension Enforcement Program but Significant Challenges Remain
GAO-05-784T: Published: Jun 9, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2005.
Congress passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to address public concerns over the mismanagement and abuse of private sector employee benefit plans by some plan sponsors and administrators. The Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) shares responsibility with the Internal Revenue Service and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation for e...
Private Pensions: The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and Long-Term Budgetary Challenges
GAO-05-772T: Published: Jun 9, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2005.
More than 34 million workers and retirees in over 29,000 single-employer defined benefit plans rely on a federal insurance program managed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to protect their pension benefits. However, the single-employer insurance program's long-term viability is in doubt, and this may have significant implications for the federal budget. In fiscal year 2004, PBGC'...
Social Security: Coverage of Public Employees and Implications for Reform
GAO-05-786T: Published: Jun 9, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 9, 2005.
Social Security covers about 96 percent of all U.S. workers; the vast majority of the rest are state, local, and federal government employees. While these noncovered workers do not pay Social Security taxes on their government earnings, they may still be eligible for Social Security benefits. This poses difficult issues of fairness, and Social Security has provisions that attempt to address those...
Private Pensions: Revision of Defined Benefit Pension Plan Funding Rules Is an Essential Component of Comprehensive Pension Reform
GAO-05-794T: Published: Jun 7, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 7, 2005.
This testimony discusses our recent report on the rules that govern the funding of defined benefit (DB) plans and the implications of those rules for the problems facing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) and the DB pension system generally. In recent years, the PBGC has encountered serious financial difficulties. Prominent companies, such as Bethlehem Steel, U.S. Airways, and United...
Private Pensions: Government Actions Could Improve the Timeliness and Content of Form 5500 Pension Information
GAO-05-491: Published: Jun 3, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 3, 2005.
The Form 5500 is the primary source of information for both the federal government and the private sector regarding the operation, funding, assets, and investments of private pension and other employee benefit plans. Currently, the Department of Labor (Labor) requires about 3 years to provide certain usable Form 5500 information to the public, leading to complaints that the information is not time...
Highlights of a GAO Forum: The Future of the Defined Benefit System and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
GAO-05-578SP: Published: Jun 1, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2005.
Employer-sponsored defined benefit pension plans face unprecedented challenges in the midst of significant changes in our nation's retirement landscape. Many defined benefit plans and the federal agency that insures them, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), have accumulated large and growing deficits that threaten their survival. Meanwhile, the percentage of American workers covered b...
Private Pensions: Recent Experiences of Large Defined Benefit Plans Illustrate Weaknesses in Funding Rules
GAO-05-294: Published: May 31, 2005. Publicly Released: May 31, 2005.
Pension funding rules are intended to ensure that plans have sufficient assets to pay promised benefits to plan participants. However, recent terminations of large underfunded plans, along with continued widespread underfunding, suggest weaknesses in these rules that may threaten retirement incomes of these plans' participants, as well as the future viability of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corpor...
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Structural Problems Limit Agency's Ability to Protect Itself from Risk
GAO-05-360T: Published: Mar 2, 2005. Publicly Released: Mar 2, 2005.
More than 34 million workers and retirees in about 30,000 singleemployer defined benefit plans rely on a federal insurance program managed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to protect their pension benefits. However, the insurance program's long-term viability is in doubt and in July 2003 we placed the single-employer insurance program on our high-risk list of agencies with signif...