In case you missed it, we’ve added five new data sets to our Open Government webpage since our last post:
· PBGC Appeals Board Data (PDF)
This data shows the number of appeals opened and closed, average number of days to close an appeal, percent of appeals with a decision change, and current number of appeals for FY 2006 through 2015.
· PBGC Customer Satisfaction (Excel file, 18.7 KB)
This spreadsheet contains a graphical depiction of PBGC's customer satisfaction index for FY 2013 through FY 2015. PBGC uses the ForeSee CXA survey methodology to ensure customer ratings are objective. ForeSee CXA is a recognized standard throughout government and industry and is based on a 0-to-100 score. Customer satisfaction surveys are presented to visitors throughout the year to measure overall customer satisfaction and their satisfaction with our PBGC.gov website. This data set will be updated annually.
"It's an honor for me to become PBGC's next Director. I've spent most of my professional life helping employers start and maintain retirement plans. I appreciate the faith the Administration and the Senate have shown in nominating and confirming me and I'm looking forward to getting started."
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 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.