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(L to R) Joyce Mader, Advisory Committee Chair; Regina T. Jefferson, Committee Member; and Alice Maroni, PBGC Acting Director.

Regina T. Jefferson is the newest member of PBGC's Advisory Committee; she was nominated by President Obama on July 15. And today, she attended her first Advisory Committee meeting.

Jefferson is a professor of law at the Catholic University of America where she teaches courses in Federal Income Taxation, ERISA: Pensions Tax Policy, and Partnership Taxation.

"Regina's authority on pension and tax laws, and employee benefits will be a significant addition to the Advisory Committee," said PBGC Acting Director Alice Maroni. "We look forward to working with her in the days ahead."

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On June 29, President Obama signed legislation to extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) through Dec. 31, 2019. The law was enacted as part of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Pub. L. 114-27. The HCTC previously expired Dec. 31, 2013.  

The IRS will manage the program again, and when new guidelines are ready, we'll let PBGC participants know how to apply for the tax credit. You'll find the information here, on Retirement Matters, and on PBGC.gov.  

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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.
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The vital role PBGC plays in providing retirement security is highlighted in our 2014 state-by-state pension plan information. As the map shows, our economic reach spans across all 50 states and U.S. Territories. For example, PBGC paid $101 million to retirees in Colorado, and $287 million to retirees in Indiana.

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Here at PBGC, it's our hope that you're using every week to plan for your retirement. But if not, this week, April 13 - 17, is a good time to start. That's because this week is National Retirement Planning Week (NRPW)!

Recognized in April, during financial literacy month, NRPW represents a national effort to help consumers focus on their financial needs during retirement. This effort is led by the National Retirement Planning Coalition - a group of prominent education, consumer advocacy and financial services organizations charged with educating Americans on the importance of retirement planning.

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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.

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