Federal employee retirement programs (11 - 20 of 46 items)
Office of Personnel Management: Retirement Systems Modernization Program Faces Numerous Challenges
GAO-05-237: Published: Feb 28, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 2005.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) manages the systems that process retirement benefits for most federal civilian employees. In fiscal year 2003, over 198,000 claims were processed and over $50 billion in benefits was paid through OPM's retirement systems. OPM is trying to modernize these systems through a program called Retirement Systems Modernization (RSM). The conference report accompany...
Private Pensions: Timely and Accurate Information Is Needed to Identify and Track Frozen Defined Benefit Plans
GAO-04-200R: Published: Dec 17, 2003. Publicly Released: Dec 17, 2003.
While private-sector pensions help millions of Americans achieve retirement income security, the number of private defined benefit (DB) plans1 has declined substantially over the past two decades. Recently, those concerned with the viability of the private defined benefit pension system point to significant increases in pension contributions plan sponsors must make and to the fact that most plans...
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Long-Term Financing Risks to Single-Employer Insurance Program Highlight Need for Comprehensive Reform
GAO-04-150T: Published: Oct 14, 2003. Publicly Released: Oct 14, 2003.
More than 34 million workers and retirees in 30,000 single-employer defined benefit pension plans rely on a federal insurance program managed by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) to protect their pension benefits, and the program's long-term financial viability is in doubt. Over the last decade, the program swung from a $3.6 billion accumulated deficit (liabilities exceeded assets),...
Federal Retirement: Key Elements Are Included in Agencies' Education Programs
GGD-99-27: Published: Mar 29, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the retirement education that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and agencies provide to federal civilian employees covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS).GAO noted that: (1) OPM and the experts with whom GAO consulted held generally consistent views regarding the recommended c...
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...
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...
Private Pensions: Most Employers That Offer Pensions Use Defined Contribution Plans
GGD-97-1: Published: Oct 3, 1996. Publicly Released: Oct 3, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the: (1) numbers and types of pension plans sponsored nationwide by private employers from 1984 to 1993; (2) proportions of total contributions made to these plans by employers and employees; (3) average administrative expense for these plans; and (4) reasons employers sponsor certain types of pension plans.GAO found that: (1) using...
Federal Employees' Compensation Act: Issues Associated With Changing Benefits for Older Beneficiaries
GGD-96-138BR: Published: Aug 14, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 14, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed issues related to possible changes to the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA), focusing on: (1) a profile of long-term FECA beneficiaries; (2) supporting and opposing views on changing FECA benefits for retirement-age beneficiaries; and (3) issues for congressional consideration in revising FECA benefits.GAO found that: (1) in June 1995, per...
[Comments on FRTIB Objections to GAO Recommendations]
B-260594: Published: Nov 29, 1995. Publicly Released: Nov 29, 1995.
The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board reiterated its position that it lacked the legal authority to carry out a GAO recommendation that it provide information to federal employees on how Thrift Savings Plan investments interact with Federal Employees' Retirement System benefits. GAO noted that: (1) it fully complied with government auditing standards requiring it to give the Board the opp...
Federal Pensions: Thrift Savings Plan Has Key Role in Retirement Benefits
HEHS-96-1: Published: Oct 19, 1995. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS), focusing on: (1) the extent to which employees under FERS voluntarily contribute to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP); (2) how well TSP educational materials address the importance of employee participation; and (3) whether there should be additional TSP investment options.GAO found that: (1...