Retirement benefits (31 - 40 of 344 items)
Retirement Income: Ensuring Income throughout Retirement Requires Difficult Choices
GAO-11-400: Published: Jun 7, 2011. Publicly Released: Jul 1, 2011.
As life expectancy increases, the risk that retirees will outlive their assets is a growing challenge. The shift from defined benefit (DB) pension plans to defined contribution (DC) plans also increases the responsibility for workers and retirees to make difficult decisions and manage their pension and other financial assets so that they have income throughout retirement. GAO was asked to review (...
Department of State Overseas Comparability Pay
GAO-11-772R: Published: Jun 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2011.
The Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act (FEPCA) of 1990 established locality pay to achieve pay comparability between federal and nonfederal jobs within the United States. Because FEPCA established pay localities only for areas within the United States, federal employees permanently stationed overseas, including members of the Foreign Service, did not receive locality pay. As the Washington, D...
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: More Strategic Approach to Contracting Still Needed
GAO-11-588: Published: Jun 29, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 29, 2011.
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) insures the pension benefits of more than 44 million U.S. workers and retirees in more than 27,500 private defined benefit plans. In response to growing workloads over the last 20 years, PBGC has come to rely heavily on contractors to perform its work. With the influx of plan terminations during the recent economic downturn, GAO was asked to examine:...
Private Pensions: Little Information Available on Qualified Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans
GAO-11-533R: Published: May 12, 2011. Publicly Released: Jun 13, 2011.
To raise private savings for workers' retirement, federal law provides tax incentives for contributions to pension plans. Company sponsors of private defined benefit (DB) pension plans can claim a tax deduction for their contribution amount to a tax-qualified pension plan, and employees' taxes on contributions and investment earnings are deferred until they retire and start receiving benefit payme...
Federal Workers' Compensation: Issues Associated With Changing Benefits for Older Beneficiaries
GAO-11-655T: Published: May 12, 2011. Publicly Released: May 12, 2011.
This testimony discusses issues related to possible changes to the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) program, a topic that we have reported on in the past. At the end of chargeback year 2010, the FECA program, administered by the Department of Labor (Labor) paid more than $1.88 billion in wage-loss compensation, impairment, and death benefits, and another $898.1 million for medical and re...
Private Pensions: Some Key Features Lead to an Uneven Distribution of Benefits
GAO-11-333: Published: Mar 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Apr 29, 2011.
Despite sizeable tax incentives, private pension participation has remained at about 50 percent of the workforce. For those in a pension plan, there is concern that these incentives accrue primarily to higher income employees and do relatively little to help lower income workers save for retirement. The financial crisis and labor-market downturn may have exacerbated these difficulties. Therefore,...
Key Events Leading to the Termination of the Delphi Defined Benefit Plans
GAO-11-373R: Published: Mar 30, 2011. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2011.
The Delphi Corporation was a global supplier of mobile electronics and transportation systems that began as part of the General Motors Corporation (GM) and was spun off as an independent company in 1999. Following bankruptcy in 2005, Delphi's six qualified defined benefit (DB) plans were terminated and trusteed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) in July 2009. These terminations cul...
Defined Contribution Plans: Key Information on Target Date Funds as Default Investments Should Be Provided to Plan Sponsors and Participants
GAO-11-118: Published: Jan 31, 2011. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2011.
To promote the adoption of appropriate default investments by retirement plans that automatically enroll workers, in 2007 the Department of Labor (DOL) identified three qualified default investment alternatives. One of these options--target date funds (TDF)--has emerged as by far the most popular default investment. TDFs are designed to provide an age-appropriate asset allocation for plan particip...
Social Security Reform: Raising the Retirement Ages Would Have Implications for Older Workers and SSA Disability Rolls
GAO-11-125: Published: Nov 18, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2010.
Life expectancy has increased over the last several decades, and by 2050 persons age 65 or older will account for more than 20 percent of the total U.S. population, up from about 13 percent in 2000. Without significant changes in retirement decisions, these improvements in longevity are expected to lengthen the average number of years that Americans spend in retirement and contribute to the expect...
Older Americans: Continuing Care Retirement Communities Can Provide Benefits, but Not Without Some Risk
GAO-10-611: Published: Jun 21, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 21, 2010.
A growing number of older Americans are choosing continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) to help ensure that their finances in retirement will cover the cost of housing and care they may require. However, recent economic conditions have placed financial stress on some CCRCs. GAO was asked to (1) describe how CCRCs operate and the risks they face, (2) describe how state laws address these ris...