Retirement income (31 - 40 of 42 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Providing Periodic Personal Earnings and Benefit Statements to Workers Covered by Social Security
T-HRD-88-25: Published: Jul 14, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 14, 1988.
GAO discussed requiring the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide periodic personal earnings and benefit statements to workers covered by social security. GAO found that: (1) 70 percent of the 25 million workers in defined benefit pension plans lacked knowledge of their eligibility for early or normal retirement; (2) from 1978 through 1984, SSA recorded $58.8 billion less in earnings tha...
Retirement Income: 1984 Pension Law Will Help Some Widows but Not the Poorest
HRD-88-77: Published: Jul 11, 1988. Publicly Released: Jul 11, 1988.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO analyzed the potential effects of the spousal consent provision of the Retirement Equity Act of 1984 on the economic status of future widows, focusing on: (1) how many wives could gain entitlement to survivor benefits as a result of the act; (2) what economic circumstances influenced whether husbands selected survivor benefits, prior to the act; (3) to wh...