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HEHS-95-219R: Published: Aug 11, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the frequency and characteristics of cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) that retirees receive from public and private pension plans. GAO noted that: (1) Social Security and federal pension plans incorporate automatic, annual COLA; (2) over half the states reporting to the Bureau of Labor Statistics provide automatic COLA annually, gen...
Overview of Federal Retirement Programs
T-GGD-95-172: Published: May 22, 1995. Publicly Released: May 22, 1995.
GAO discussed federal retirement issues, focusing on the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). GAO noted that: (1) CSRS has been closed to new entrants since 1983 and is a stand-alone pension system, while FERS covers employees who began federal service after 1983 and includes social security coverage, a pension plan, and a thrift savings plan;...
GGD-95-200R: Published: Apr 3, 1995. Publicly Released: Apr 3, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed information on the funding status of the Civil Service Retirement System. GAO noted that: (1) the system's unfunded liability is not a problem that needs to be fixed to avoid a steep increase in outlays from the Treasury or increases in the deficit; and (2) there should be sufficient assets in the retirement fund to cover benefit payments to all cu...
Army Materiel Command: Providing Early Retirement Incentives in 1990 Could Have Saved Money
NSIAD-93-233: Published: Aug 24, 1993. Publicly Released: Aug 24, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO estimated the potential savings to the government if the Army Materiel Command (AMC) had implemented certain retirement incentives in 1990.GAO found that: (1) the cost savings from additional retirements would have ranged from $100,000 to $250,000 per retiree if AMC did not replace the retiree; (2) factors affecting the costs of retirement incentives includ...
Private Pensions: Protections for Retirees' Insurance Annuities Can Be Strengthened
HRD-93-29: Published: Mar 31, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the adequacy of protections for retirees' insurance annuities, focusing on: (1) state guarantee coverage of insurance annuities retirees receive from private pension plans; (2) federal regulation and oversight of private pension plans' selection of insurers to provide annuity benefits; and (3) options for improving annuity protections.GAO found tha...
District's Pensions: Billions of Dollars in Liability Not Funded
HRD-93-32: Published: Nov 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the growth of the District of Columbia's unfunded pension liability, focusing on: (1) how the District's retirement plans compare with other municipal retirement plans; and (2) the impact of U.S. Secret Service personnel on the District's pension liability.GAO found that: (1) in 1979, Congress transferred responsibility for $2 billion in unfunded p...
Employee Benefits: Financing Health Benefits of Coal Industry Retirees
HRD-92-137FS: Published: Jul 22, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information regarding proposed legislation for coal industry retirees' health benefits and existing pension trusts, focusing on: (1) the characteristics of the trusts' beneficiaries, (2) the benefits provided, and (3) the present and projected financial condition of the trusts.GAO found that: (1) there were deficits in the industry's pension and be...
Public Pension Offset
GGD-92-15R: Published: May 15, 1992. Publicly Released: May 15, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Public Pension Offset, a provision of the Social Security Act which reduces social security benefits for those federal and other government retirees who are entitled to social security benefits as spouses of social security recipients. GAO noted that: (1) the offset provision reduces survivor benefits by $2 for every $3 of public...
Pension Plans: Survivor Benefit Coverage for Wives Increased After 1984 Pension Law
HRD-92-49: Published: Feb 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on survivor pension benefits for widowed individuals, focusing on: (1) the prevalence of survivor pension benefits; (2) the relative size of survivor benefits received by widowed men and women; (3) the rate at which married pension retirees are retaining a joint and survivor (J&S) annuities; and (4) whether the rate of J&S annuity reten...
Insurance Company Failures Threaten Retirement Income
T-HRD-91-41: Published: Jun 27, 1991. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1991.
GAO discussed the impact of insurance company failures on pension plan incomes, focusing on what happens when pension plans purchase insurance annuities and invest funds through insurance companies. GAO noted that: (1) pension plans have purchased annuities for 3 million to 4 million retirees and have invested about a third of all pension assets with insurance companies; (2) between January 1975 a...