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PBGC Publishes Updated Data Book

June 26, 2002

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) today issued a new edition of its annual statistical reference book, which provides detailed statistics for PBGC's two separate insurance programs covering single-employer and multiemployer plans.

The Pension Insurance Data Book 2001 tracks the experience of PBGC's two insurance programs and the defined benefit pension plans they protect. Defined benefit plans are the traditional pension plans that promise workers a specific monthly benefit at retirement.

The new edition contains a new summary page presenting key information about PBGC operations and several additional data tables on the multiemployer program. It also features graphs that illustrate current data and trends, both in PBGC operations and in the universe of private pension plans insured by PBGC.

For each of PBGC's insurance programs, the book includes data tables on the people receiving or eligible to receive benefits from PBGC and the agency's benefit payments, the financial condition of the program, the people and plans protected by the program and the overall funding level of the pension plans covered by the program.

The data book is available on PBGC's home page at Single copies of the publication may be obtained by writing to: PBGC Data Book, Suite 240, 1200 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005-4026. Requests also may be submitted by FAX to (202) 326-4042.

PBGC is a federal corporation created by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to guarantee payment of basic pension benefits earned by workers. Its two insurance programs cover about 44 million American workers and retirees participating in more than 35,000 private-sector defined benefit pension plans, including more than 1,700 multiemployer plans. The agency receives no funds from general tax revenues. Operations are financed largely by insurance premiums paid by companies that sponsor pension plans and investment returns.

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PBGC No. 02-27