Social security benefits (91 - 100 of 258 items)
Social Security: Restoring Long-Term Solvency Will Require Difficult Choices
T-HEHS-98-95: Published: Feb 10, 1998. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 1998.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed the goals of the social security program and the difficult choices that restoring its long-term solvency will require, focusing on: (1) balancing income adequacy and individual equity; (2) determining who bears risks and responsibilities; (3) choosing among various benefit reductions and revenue increases; (4) using pay-as-you-go or advance fundin...
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...
The Federal Employees' Retirement System: Potential Changes in Agency Retirement Costs Following an Open Season
T-GGD-98-27: Published: Nov 5, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 5, 1997.
GAO discussed the potential impact on agency retirement costs of a retirement system open season in which anyone who is a general civilian employee of the federal government and is participating in the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the CSRS Offset Plan would be allowed to transfer to the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), focusing on the potential changes in retirement costs c...
401(k) Pension Plans: Loan Provisions Enhance Participation But May Affect Income Security for Some
HEHS-98-5: Published: Oct 1, 1997. Publicly Released: Oct 1, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO: (1) determined the effects of pension-plan borrowing on participation in and contributions to 401(k) pension plans; (2) described the demographic and economic characteristics of workers who borrow from their pension accounts; and (3) identified the potential consequences for participants who borrow from their pension accounts.GAO found that: (1) plans that...
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...
Federal Pensions: Judicial Survivors' Annuities System Costs and Benefit Levels
GGD-97-87: Published: Jun 27, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 27, 1997.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed certain aspects of the Judicial Survivors' Annuities System (JSAS), focusing on: (1) the system's costs; (2) whether the participants' contributions covered one-half of the costs; and (3) the adjustments needed to achieve the 50-percent figure if the contributions are less than one half of the system's costs.GAO noted that: (1) the participating...
Social Security Advocacy: Organizations That Mail Fund-Raising Letters
HEHS-97-69: Published: Jun 18, 1997. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 1997.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO identified organizations that use Social Security issues as part of their mail fund-raising appeals, focusing on: (1) the bases for the groups' tax exemption; (2) the services the groups provide; (3) their sources of income, income subject to taxes, and expenses; (4) their financial relationships with other businesses; and (5) characteristics of their Socia...
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...
Federal Retirement: Federal and Private Sector Retirement Program Benefits Vary
GGD-97-40: Published: Apr 7, 1997. Publicly Released: May 7, 1997.
Pursuant to congressional requests, GAO reviewed federal and nonfederal retirement programs, focusing on: (1) an update of the reports on nonfederal retirement programs GAO completed for Congress when the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) was being designed; and (2) a comparison of current nonfederal programs with FERS and the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). GAO did not independen...