Social security benefits (51 - 60 of 99 items)
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...
Social Security Reform: Demographic Trends Underlie Long-Term Financing Shortage
T-HEHS-98-43: Published: Nov 20, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1997.
GAO discussed: (1) the demographic trends contributing to the social security financing problem; (2) when the problem will begin to confront the federal government; (3) the alternatives for addressing the problem; and (4) the implications of these alternatives.GAO noted that: (1) increasing life expectancy and declining fertility rates pose serious challenges not just for the social security syste...
Retirement Income: Implications of Demographic Trends for Social Security and Pension Reform
HEHS-97-81: Published: Jul 11, 1997. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided an overview of the trends and key issues relating to retirement income, focusing on: (1) demographic and economic trends affecting retirement income; (2) the status of Social Security's long-term financing problems and proposals to address them; and (3) the extent of pension coverageand retirement saving and how to ensure that Americans can count o...
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...
SSA Benefit Statements: Well Received by the Public But Difficult to Comprehend
HEHS-97-19: Published: Dec 5, 1996. Publicly Released: Dec 5, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) overall progress in issuing the Personal Earnings and Benefits Estimate Statement (PEBES), focusing on: (1) whether the PEBES benefit estimates are reasonable; (2) what SSA has done to improve the statement; (3) the extent to which the statement communicates its goals and information clearly; (4) SSA plans...
SSA Benefit Statements: Statements Are Well Received by the Public but Difficult to Comprehend
T-HEHS-96-210: Published: Sep 12, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1996.
GAO discussed the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Personal Earnings and Benefit Estimate Statement (PEBES). GAO noted that: (1) the public has reacted favorably to unsolicited PEBES, and SSA has improved the statement in response to public feedback; (2) the public generally feels that the statement is a valuable tool for retirement planning, but the statement does not clearly convey its pur...
401(k) Pension Plans: Many Take Advantage of Opportunity to Ensure Adequate Retirement Income
HEHS-96-176: Published: Aug 2, 1996. Publicly Released: Aug 2, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on 401(k) pension plans, focusing on: (1) the proportion of workers covered by 401(k) pension plans; (2) workers' contributions to their 401(k) pension plans; and (3) how workers invest their pension account balances.GAO found that: (1) half of all workers and nearly two-thirds of workers nearing retirement age are covered by a pension...
Social Security: Issues Involving Benefit Equity for Working Women
HEHS-96-55: Published: Apr 10, 1996. Publicly Released: Apr 10, 1996.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined whether married women and widows were being treated fairly under the Social Security system, focusing on: (1) how economic and demographic trends may affect women's future benefits; and (2) past proposals that have addressed these concerns.GAO noted that: (1) the Social Security Act is gender neutral when it comes to awarding individual retirement...
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...