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Open Government at PBGC

  |   August 28, 2015

PBGC's Open Government webpage highlights our commitment to increase transparency, participation and collaboration with our stakeholders. The page includes important PBGC data sets that are used to increase our accountability to the public, and to improve the public's awareness of our operations and how we carry out our mission.

The page also provides information about how the American public can provide input to help make PBGC's performance even better and more engaging. We invite you to review our Open Government Plan [PDF] and principles that shape our commitment to Open Government.


Today, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation published a request for proposals under a pilot program for smaller asset managers. Proposals are due by Aug. 18, 2015.

The agency will hire up to five managers to invest in a U.S. fixed income portfolio with allocations ranging from $50 million to $250 million.

In coming years, more than half of workers and retirees in terminated multiemployer plans will face a reduction in benefits under current PBGC guarantees if their plans run out of money, according to PBGC's Multiemployer Guarantee study (PDF) released earlier today.

This study takes a closer look at how the guarantee limits will impact the pension income of workers and retirees in multiemployer plans that will receive financial assistance from PBGC.

In the past, only about 20 percent of workers and retirees saw a reduction in their benefit - typically that loss represented about 10 percent of their promised benefit. This study finds that these losses are both likely to apply to more people and likely to be larger in percentage terms as more multiemployer plans run out of money and require financial assistance from the agency.


PBGC to Pay Benefits at Hovensa

  |   February 4, 2015

PBGC will pay retirement benefits for more than 1,600 current and future retirees at Hovensa LLC, which owns an oil refinery and oil storage terminal in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The agency is stepping in because Hovensa plans to close its operations and the pension plan will be abandoned. The Hovensa Employees' Pension Plan will end as of Feb. 4, 2015.

PBGC will pay all pension benefits earned by the plan's retirees up to the legal limit of $60,136 a year for a 65-year-old.

Retirees will continue to get benefits without interruption, and future retirees can apply for benefits as soon as they are eligible.


Do you receive a benefit from PBGC? If so, all or a portion of your benefit may be taxable. Each year, we report this information to the IRS and send you an IRS Form 1099-R that details the amount you received the previous year.

We'll mail your 2014 Form 1099-R to your address on file by Monday, February 2, 2015. If you don't receive your form soon after February 2, 2015, you may request a duplicate. Here's how:

  • Use our online service, MyPBA, to view and print a copy of your 1099-R tax form for the most recent tax year.
  • Call PBGC's Customer Contact Center to request a form by mail. The number is 1-800-400-7242.

When calling, remember to have your customer ID (PDF) or Social Security number, plan name and case number to help expedite the request.  

While PBGC is required to withhold federal income tax, we do not withhold for state taxes. If your state has an income tax, you may owe tax on your PBGC benefit. To find out more, contact your state tax office.

For additional information, see our Frequently Asked Questions on IRS Form 1099-R.

Last Friday marked the official start of the 2014 holiday shopping season. And today, as many gear up to score "Cyber Monday's" best deals, many Americans are still struggling. And that includes a number of PBGC's customers. That struggle is reflected in the increased number of inquiries we have received about loans or payment increases.

PBGC does not have the authority to make loans. If you are not yet retired, however, you will have several options as to how your benefit can be paid. Options include different benefit levels for your surviving spouse or other beneficiaries. "Your PBGC Benefit Options" provides more information about these options for meeting your financial needs.

While Congress provided for cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for Social Security benefits, it did not establish similar measures for PBGC payments. Your benefit amount will not increase with inflation.

We know how important every penny is these days, so know that you can count on PBGC to pay you the maximum amount allowable by law, and that your payment will be made on time every month.