Economic analysis (11 - 20 of 32 items)
Social Security: Criteria for Evaluating Social Security Reform Proposals
T-HEHS-99-94: Published: Mar 25, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed how best to ensure the long-term viability of the Social Security Program.GAO noted that: (1) as attention has focused on social security's future financial situation, a wide array of proposals have been put forth; (2) some proposals would reduce benefits, some would raise revenues, and most propose some combination to restore financial solvency;...
Social Security: Individual Accounts as an Element of Long-Term Financing Reform
T-HEHS-99-86: Published: Mar 16, 1999. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 1999.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO discussed how best to ensure the long-term viability of the nation's social security program.GAO noted that: (1) social security forms the foundation of the nation's retirement income structure, and in so doing, provides critical benefits to millions of Americans; (2) yet, problems facing this program pose significant policy challenges that need to be addre...
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...
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: 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...
HEHS-95-219R: Published: Aug 11, 1995. Publicly Released: Aug 23, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the frequency and characteristics of cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) that retirees receive from public and private pension plans. GAO noted that: (1) Social Security and federal pension plans incorporate automatic, annual COLA; (2) over half the states reporting to the Bureau of Labor Statistics provide automatic COLA annually, gen...
Overview of Federal Retirement Programs
T-GGD-95-172: Published: May 22, 1995. Publicly Released: May 22, 1995.
GAO discussed federal retirement issues, focusing on the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). GAO noted that: (1) CSRS has been closed to new entrants since 1983 and is a stand-alone pension system, while FERS covers employees who began federal service after 1983 and includes social security coverage, a pension plan, and a thrift savings plan;...
Social Security Retirement Accounts
HEHS-94-226R: Published: Aug 12, 1994. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed proposed legislation to create a system of individual Social Security retirement accounts (ISSRA), focusing on the: (1) implications of H.R. 306 on the retirement income of individuals; and (2) key differences between H.R. 306 and the 1990 proposal. GAO noted that: (1) ISSRA could be integrated with the Social Security benefit structure and, given...
Social Security: Analysis of a Proposal to Privatize Trust Fund Reserves
HRD-91-22: Published: Dec 12, 1990. Publicly Released: Jan 11, 1991.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed a congressional proposal to create a new system of Individual Social Security Retirement Accounts (ISSRA), in which workers could place accumulated social security reserves for private-sector investment.GAO found that: (1) the proposal's effect on national saving was unclear; (2) ISSRA could be integrated with the existing progressive benefit struc...