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2019

  • Nov 18

    PBGC Releases FY 2019 Annual Report

    Multiemployer Insurance Program Moves Closer to Insolvency; Single-Employer Insurance Program Improvement Continues

    WASHINGTON – The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s (PBGC) Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Annual Report, released today, shows a record deficit of $65.2 billion in its Multiemployer Insurance Program at the end of FY 2019.

  • Oct 15

    PBGC to Pay Pension Benefits for Employees & Retirees at Verity Health System

    WASHINGTON — The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is taking steps to assume responsibility for two pension plans sponsored by Verity Health System, which cover nearly 8,000 people. The six-hospital system is based in El Segundo, California.

    Verity, with 16 of its affiliates, filed for Chapter 11 protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles on August 31, 2018, and is no longer able to continue its plans.

  • Aug 21

    Key PBGC Leadership Appointments

    WASHINGTON – The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is pleased to announce the appointments of Kristin Chapman as Chief of Staff and Andy Banducci as Chief Policy Officer.

  • Jul 24

    PBGC Director Gordon Hartogensis Issues Statement

    Multiemployer pension plans are in crisis, posing a threat to the promised retirement income of millions of American workers and retirees and their families. Congress should enact a long-term, sustainable solution taking into account fairness to retirees, workers, taxpayers, and employers, to improve retirement security for hard-working Americans and their families.

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  • Jun 14

    PBGC Announces Legal Appointment

    WASHINGTON – The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is pleased to announce an appointment in the Office of the General Counsel. Paul Chalmers has been named Deputy General Counsel for the General Law & Operations Department.  

    Chalmers, previously an Associate General Counsel, joined PBGC’s legal team in 2012.

  • May 16

    Gordon Hartogensis Sworn in as PBGC Director

    WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, Gordon Hartogensis was sworn in as the 16th director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

    “I am honored to serve in this important role,” Hartogensis said. “I am looking forward to working with Congress, the Administration and stakeholders to protect and advance the retirement security of the nearly 37 million Americans we insure.”

    Hartogensis succeeds Tom Reeder, who served as director from October 2015 – May 2019.

  • May 1

    PBGC Announces Leadership Appointment

    WASHINGTON – The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Franklin Pace as the Director of the Corporate Controls and Reviews Department (CCRD) in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. 

  • Mar 19

    PBGC Announces Legal Appointment

    WASHINGTON – The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is pleased to announce an executive appointment in the Office of the General Counsel. Daniel Liebman has been appointed Deputy General Counsel for the Program Law & Policy Department. 

    Liebman, previously the Assistant General Counsel for Legal Policy, joined PBGC in 2010 as a regulatory attorney. He has also served as Acting Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs.

  • Feb 7

    PBGC and Sears Reach an Agreement

    WASHINGTON –The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has reached an agreement with Sears Holdings Corporation under which the agency will withdraw its objection to the proposed sale of Sears’ assets to ESL Investments.

    This agreement also clears the way for PBGC to assume responsibility for Sears’ two pension plans, which are covered under PBGC’s Single-Employer Insurance Program. 

  • Jan 23

    Israel Goldowitz Retires from PBGC

    WASHINGTON – Israel (“Izzy”) Goldowitz, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s Deputy General Counsel for Program Law & Policy, has retired from public service following a 30-year career at the agency.

  • Jan 18

    PBGC to Pay Pension Benefits for Employees and Retirees at Sears and Kmart

    WASHINGTON — The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation is taking steps to assume responsibility for Sears Holdings Corporation’s two defined benefit pension plans, which cover about 90,000 people. The national retail chain headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, operates through its subsidiaries, which include Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation.

2018

  • Nov 27

    PBGC Announces Leadership Appointments

    WASHINGTON - The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation announced four key appointments to its leadership team: 

    • Ross Marcelin, Deputy Chief of Negotiations and Restructuring
    • Ted Goldman, Director of the Policy, Research and Analysis Department
    • Kimberly Mayo, Director of the Budget Department
    • Jeffrey Donahue, Director of the Procurement Department 

    Deputy Chief of Negotiations and Restructuring – Rossi Marcelin

  • Nov 20

    PBGC to Provide Early Financial Assistance

    to Local 805 Multiemployer Pension Plan

    WASHINGTON – The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation announced that it has approved a partition application and will provide early financial assistance to the Teamsters Local 805 Pension and Retirement Plan (Local 805 Plan), a trucking industry multiemployer pension plan based in New York that covers approximately 2,000 participants.

  • Nov 16

    PBGC Reports Improved Financial Condition

    Single-Employer Program Emerges from Deficit; Multiemployer Program Narrows Deficit – Insolvency Still Looms

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report, released today, shows improvement in the financial condition of the agency’s Single-Employer Insurance and Multiemployer Insurance Programs.   

  • Oct 26

    PBGC Announces Leadership Appointments

    WASHINGTON - The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation announced two key appointments to its leadership team. Janice Brown-Taylor has been named Deputy Chief of Benefits Administration and Michael Hutchins is the Director for the Plan Asset & Data Management Department.

  • Oct 15

    PBGC Statement on Sears Bankruptcy Filing

    The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s mission is to protect the pension benefits of American workers and retirees in private sector pension plans. When pension plans terminate with insufficient funds, PBGC’s guarantee is critical to protecting the participants’ retirement security.

Last Updated: September 22, 2021

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