Employee retirement plans (41 - 50 of 154 items)
Highlights of a GAO Forum: Engaging and Retaining Older Workers
GAO-07-438SP: Published: Feb 28, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2007.
In the future, older Americans are expected to be a larger share of the U.S. population, live longer, and spend more years in retirement than previous generations, and by 2025 labor force growth is expected to be less than a fifth of what it is today. Without major increases in productivity or immigration, low labor force growth will ultimately lead to slower economic and federal revenue growth. T...
Employee Benefits Security Administration: Enforcement Improvements Made but Additional Actions Could Further Enhance Pension Plan Oversight
GAO-07-22: Published: Jan 18, 2007. Publicly Released: Feb 20, 2007.
The Department of Labor's (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) enforces the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), which sets certain minimum standards for private sector pension plans. On the basis of GAO's prior work, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions asked GAO to review EBSA's enforcement program. Specifically, this report assesses...
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...
Private Pensions: Information on Cash Balance Pension Plans
GAO-06-42: Published: Nov 3, 2005. Publicly Released: Nov 3, 2005.
The nation's private defined benefit (DB) pension system, a key contributor to the financial security of millions of Americans, is in long-term decline. Since 1980, the number of active participants in Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) insured single employer DB plans has dropped from 27.3 percent of all national private wage and salary workers in 1980, to about 15 percent in 2002, and m...
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 Plans: Additional Transparency and Other Actions Needed in Connection with Proxy Voting
GAO-04-749: Published: Aug 10, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2004.
In 1998, about 100 million Americans were covered in private pension plans with assets totaling about $4 trillion. The retirement security of plan participants can be affected by how certain issues are voted on during company stockholders meetings. Fiduciaries, having responsibility for voting on such issues on behalf of some plan participants (proxy voting), are to act solely in the interest of p...
Mutual Funds: SEC Should Modify Proposed Regulations to Address Some Pension Plan Concerns
GAO-04-799: Published: Jul 9, 2004. Publicly Released: Aug 9, 2004.
Mutual fund investments represent more than 20 percent of Americans' pension plan assets. Since late 2003, two abusive trading practices in mutual funds have come to light. Late trading allowed some investors to illegally place orders for funds after the close of trading. Market timing allowed some investors to take advantage of temporary disparities between the value of a fund and the value of it...