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Online Transactions are Easy: MyPBA FAQs

    • Q: What is MyPBA?

      • MyPBA is a secure online service offered to you by PBGC that allows you to handle, through the Web, a number of common transactions with PBGC. This service is fast, free, and available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It does not matter whether you click "MyPBA Login" on our home page or log in from the Workers & Retirees page to get to it.

    • Q: What can you do in MyPBA?

      • View and print your IRS Form 1099-R (which reports your pension payments from PBGC) for your income tax filing
      • Obtain a letter that verifies the amount of your income from PBGC
      • Apply for pension benefits
      • Designate or change beneficiary information
      • Change your address, telephone number, or e-mail address
      • Designate or edit your federal tax withholdings
      • Apply for electronic direct deposit (EDD) or edit your existing EDD information
      • View payment information such as address of record, payment status, and canceled checks
    • Q: Can I view my account balance in MyPBA?

      • No, there is no “account balance” for defined benefit or traditional pension plans. Unlike defined contribution pension plans, such as 401(k) plans, which have a balance that can be spent down and outlived, your defined benefit plan with PBGC promises a specific payment over time, typically a monthly benefit for life. Calculating the amount of that benefit is a complex process, using the benefit formula and the assets of your pension plan subject to legal limits on PBGC’s guarantee.
    • Q: Who can open an account?

      All plan participants in PBGC-trusteed plans, including:

      • Retirees
      • Beneficiaries
      • Alternate Payees under qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs)
      • Future retirees (deferred vested)
    • Q: What are the advantages of online transactions using MyPBA

      • Transactions are processed faster using PBGCs online service. There is no waiting for forms in the mail!
      • Online transactions are safe, confidential,and completely secure.
      • MyPBA provides confirmation of the date and time that PBGC received your information.
      • MyPBA helps PBGC provide more accurate and timely response.
    • Q:When can I open an account?

      • You can create your personal MyPBA account as soon as we have acquired your plan's information and finished loading it into our database.
      • If you try to open an account too soon, you will get a message that there's no match to the plan name or case number yet.
      • Please wait a few days and try again. It may take PBGC several months to set up the database for your plan.
    • Q: How do I set up an account?

      It's easy:
      • Visit the MyPBA Login page and select the "Create Your MyPBA Login" link to get started.
      • If you have questions, you can email us at and we will reply during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (ET).  You can also contact us by phone during these hours at 1-800-400-7242.   TTY/ASCII users call the federal relay service at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to 1-800-400-7242.