Retirement benefits (71 - 80 of 152 items)
Social Security Reform: Implications of Private Annuities for Individual Accounts
HEHS-99-160: Published: Jul 30, 1999. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the implications of establishing individual social security accounts, focusing on: (1) the effect individual social security accounts might have on the existing annuities market; (2) factors that affect the amount of annuity payments; and (3) the potential role of the federal government in regulating the annuities market if individua...
Social Security: Capital Markets and Educational Issues Associated With Individual Accounts
GGD-99-115: Published: Jun 28, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 28, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the issues associated with individual social security accounts, focusing on how such accounts could affect: (1) private capital and annuities markets as well as national savings; (2) potential returns and risks to individuals; and (3) the disclosure and educational efforts needed to inform the public about such a program.GAO noted th...
Social Security Reform: Implementation Issues for Individual Accounts
HEHS-99-122: Published: Jun 18, 1999. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on social security reform, focusing on issues to consider regarding the design and implementation of an individual account system.GAO noted that: (1) the social security system is one of the nation's most important and visible programs; (2) while individual accounts offer the possibility of an improved rate of return on individual contr...
Social Security: Individual Accounts as an Element of Long-Term Financing Reform
T-HEHS-99-86: Published: Mar 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed how best to ensure the long-term viability of the nation's social security program.GAO noted that: (1) social security forms the foundation of the nation's retirement income structure, and in so doing, provides critical benefits to millions of Americans; (2) yet, problems facing this program pose significant policy challenges that need to be addre...
Improving Financial Condition of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and Insured Pension Plans
HEHS-99-37R: Published: Dec 18, 1998. Publicly Released: Dec 18, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's (PBGC) projections of its financial condition and assumptions used to prepare these projections; and (2) the funding status of the plans it insures and its strategy for investing its assets.GAO noted that: (1) PBGC uses different methodologies to forecast the financial condition of its...
Social Security Reform: Implications for Women's Retirement Income
HEHS-98-42: Published: Dec 31, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 22, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the issue of social security reform and women's retirement income, focusing on: (1) why women's benefits are lower than men's under the current social security system; (2) the possible differential effects on women of the new privatization reform proposals; and (3) what can be done to minimize the possibly negative effect on women of certain elemen...
Private Pensions: Plan Features Provided By Employers That Sponsor Only Defined Contribution Plans
GGD-98-23: Published: Dec 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Jan 5, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the general features of defined contribution (DC) plans in the private sector, focusing on: (1) eligibility requirements for employee participation; (2) arrangements for employer and participant contributions; (3) eligibility requirements for employee rights to accrued benefits; (4) employee investment options; (5) loan and other provisions for par...
401(k) Pension Plans: Extent of Plans' Investments in Employer Securities and Real Property
HEHS-98-28: Published: Nov 28, 1997. Publicly Released: Dec 29, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on: (1) the extent to which 401(k) plan assets are invested in employer securities and real property; (2) the protection and any possible problems associated with the recent amendments to title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA); and (3) alternate mechanisms that might safeguard the retirement benefits of p...
Social Security Administration: More Cost-Effective Approaches Exist to Further Improve 800-Number Service
HEHS-97-79: Published: Jun 11, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 11, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) 800 number service, focusing on: (1) how well SSA's 800 number provides service to the public; and (2) what steps SSA needs to take to ensure that improvements to the 800 number are cost-effective.GAO noted that: (1) although SSA's 800 number has consistently provided accurate and courteous service to the...
Social Security Reform: Implications for the Financial Well-Being of Women
T-HEHS-97-112: Published: Apr 10, 1997. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1997.
GAO discussed the impacts of proposals to finance and restructure the Social Security system, specifically the impacts on the financial well-being of women.GAO noted that: (1) its work shows that, despite the provisions of the Social Security Act that do not differentiate between men and women, women tend to receive lower benefits than men; (2) this is due primarily to differences in lifetime earn...