Retirement income (21 - 27 of 27 items)
Social Security: Different Approaches for Addressing Program Solvency
HEHS-98-33: Published: Jul 22, 1998. Publicly Released: Aug 21, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on issues related to social security financing, focusing on: (1) the various perspectives that underlie the current solvency debate; (2) the reform options within the current program structure; (3) the issues that might arise if social security were restructured to include individual retirement accounts; and (4) the likely impacts on na...
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...
Social Security: Analysis of a Proposal to Privatize Trust Fund Reserves
HRD-91-22: Published: Dec 12, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a congressional proposal to create a new system of Individual Social Security Retirement Accounts (ISSRA), in which workers could place accumulated social security reserves for private-sector investment.GAO found that: (1) the proposal's effect on national saving was unclear; (2) ISSRA could be integrated with the existing progressive benefit struc...
Proposals To Change the Military Retirement System
128624: Dec 5, 1985
GAO testified on the structure of the Department of Defense's (DOD) military retirement system, specifically: (1) the recent change to accrual accounting for retirement annuities; (2) DOD proposals to change the system; and (3) the accuracy of the estimated accrual savings that would result from enacting DOD proposals. GAO noted that: (1) unlike common private-sector practice, the receipt of socia...
Cost-of-Living Increases for Federal Civilian and Military Retirees
B-130150: Published: Jul 1, 1980. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 1980.
GAO has long been concerned about the equity and costs of the Government's policy of full, automatic cost-of-living increases for Federal civilian and military retirees. GAO was pleased to see that the First Concurrent Budget Resolution for fiscal year 1981 assumed enactment of its recommendations to Congress to provide retirement cost-of-living adjustments annually and prorate the initial adjustm...
Cost-of-Living Adjustments for New Federal Retirees: More Rational and Less Costly Processes Are Needed
FPCD-78-2: Published: Nov 17, 1977. Publicly Released: Nov 17, 1977.
To protect the purchasing power of retirement income, the annuities of Federal employees under the various retirement systems are automatically adjusted each March 1 and September 1 for the increase in the consumer price index during the preceding 6-month period ending December 31 and June 30, respectively. Since, by law, cost-of-living adjustments are applicable to all annuities payable on the ef...