Social security benefits (61 - 70 of 257 items)
Social Security Administration: Revision to the Government Pension Offset Exemption Should Be Reconsidered
GAO-02-950: Published: Aug 15, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 15, 2002.
Social Security benefits are payable to the spouses of retired, disabled, or deceased workers. The benefits often provide income to wives and husbands who have little or no Social Security benefits of their own. Until 1977, workers receiving pensions from government positions not covered by Social Security could receive their full pension benefit and their full spousal benefits as if they were non...
Social Security: Long-Term Financing Shortfall Drives Need for Reform
GAO-02-845T: Published: Jun 19, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2002.
Social Security not only represents the foundation of our retirement income system; it also provides millions of Americans with disability insurance and survivor's benefits. Although the Social Security Trustees now project that under the intermediate or "best estimate" assumptions the combined Social Security Trust Funds will be exhausted 3 years later than in last year's estimates, the magnitude...
Social Security: Issues in Evaluating Reform Proposals
GAO-02-288T: Published: Dec 10, 2001. Publicly Released: Dec 10, 2001.
This testimony discusses the long-term viability of the Social Security program. Social Security's Trust Funds will not be exhausted until 2038, but the trustees now project that the program's cash demands on the rest of the federal government will begin much sooner. Aiming for sustainable solvency would increase the chance that future policymakers would not have to face these difficult questions...
Social Security: Program's Role in Helping Ensure Income Adequacy
GAO-02-62: Published: Nov 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Nov 30, 2001.
Before Social Security, being old often meant being poor. Today, dependency on public assistance has dropped to a fraction of its Depression-era levels, and poverty rates among the elderly are now lower than for the population as a whole. At the same time, Social Security has become the single largest source of retirement income for more than 90 percent of persons aged 65 and older. Automatic adju...
Social Security Reform: Implications for Private Pensions
HEHS-00-187: Published: Sep 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Sep 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the interactions between Social Security and private pensions, focusing on the: (1) primary linkages between Social Security and private pensions and the way they interact to provide retirement income for workers and families; (2) effects of traditional Social Security reforms on the structure of employer-sponsored pension plans thro...
Social Security: Coverage for Medical Residents
HEHS/GGD-00-184R: Published: Aug 31, 2000. Publicly Released: Aug 31, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a court ruling that exempted certain medical residents from paying Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes and Social Security coverage, focusing on: (1) how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration are proceeding since the court decision; and (2) what decisions IRS has made about refunding taxes for social securi...
Social Security Reform: Evaluation of the Nick Smith Proposal
AIMD/HEHS-00-102R: Published: Feb 29, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 29, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO analyzed the potential budgetary and economic effects of Nick Smith's proposal to reform Social Security.GAO noted that: (1) GAO's assessment of Nick Smith's proposal is based on the analytic framework GAO provided to Congress last March, which consists of three basic criteria: (a) the extent to which the proposal achieves sustained solvency and how it woul...
Social Security Reform: Information on the Archer-Shaw Proposal
AIMD/HEHS-00-56: Published: Jan 19, 2000. Publicly Released: Feb 4, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Archer-Shaw Social Security reform proposal, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the proposal achieves sustainable solvency and how it would affect the U.S. economy and the federal budget; (2) the balance struck between the twin goals of income adequacy (level and certainty of benefits) and individual equity (rates of return on...
Social Security: Actuarial Projections of the Trust Funds
AIMD-00-53R: Published: Jan 14, 2000. Publicly Released: Jan 14, 2000.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) report on the actuarial projections for the trust funds of the Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance programs, focusing on whether the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Board of Trustees': (1) 1999 long-range intermediate actuarial projections--their best estimates--as presented in the Trustees' 1999 re...
Social Security: The President's Proposal
T-HEHS/AIMD-00-43: Published: Nov 9, 1999. Publicly Released: Nov 9, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the President's proposal for Social Security financing, focusing on: (1) the extent to which the proposal achieves sustainable solvency and how the proposal would affect the economy and the federal budget; (2) whether the proposal balances individual equity and income adequacy; and (3) how readily changes could be implemented, administered, and ex...