[Federal Register: June 15, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 114)]
[Rules and Regulations]               
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From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION

29 CFR Parts 4022 and 4044

 
Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Benefits Payable 
in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing 
and Paying Benefits

AGENCY: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulations on 
Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans and Benefits Payable in 
Terminated Single-Employer Plans prescribe interest assumptions for 
valuing and paying certain benefits under terminating single-employer 
plans. This final rule (1) amends the asset allocation regulation to 
adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in the third 
quarter of 2010 and (2) amends the benefit payments regulation to adopt 
interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in July 2010. 
Interest assumptions are also published on PBGC=s Web site (http://
www.pbgc.gov).

DATES: Effective July 1, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine B. Klion, Manager, 
Regulatory and Policy Division, Legislative and Regulatory Department, 
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street, NW., Washington, 
DC 20005, 202-326-4024. (TTY/TDD users may call the Federal relay 
service toll-free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to 202-326-
4024.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PBGC's regulations prescribe actuarial 
assumptions--including interest assumptions--for valuing and paying 
plan benefits of terminating single-employer plans covered by title IV 
of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The interest 
assumptions are intended to reflect current conditions in the financial 
and annuity markets.
    These interest assumptions are found in two PBGC regulations: the 
regulation on Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans (29 CFR 
part 4044) and the regulation on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-
Employer Plans (29 CFR part 4022). Assumptions under the asset 
allocation regulation are updated quarterly; assumptions under the 
benefit payments regulation are updated monthly. This final rule 
updates the assumptions under the asset allocation regulation for the 
third quarter (July through September) of 2010 and updates the 
assumptions under the benefit payments regulation for July 2010.
    The interest assumptions prescribed under the asset allocation 
regulation (found in Appendix B to Part 4044) are used for the 
valuation of benefits for allocation purposes under ERISA section 4044. 
Two sets of interest assumptions are prescribed under the benefit 
payments regulation: (1) A set for PBGC to use to determine whether a 
benefit is payable as a lump sum and to determine lump-sum amounts to 
be paid by PBGC (found in Appendix B to Part 4022), and (2) a set for 
private-sector pension practitioners to refer to if they wish to use 
lump-sum interest rates determined using PBGC's historical methodology 
(found in Appendix C to Part 4022).
    This amendment (1) Adds to appendix B to part 4044 the interest 
assumptions for valuing benefits for allocation purposes in plans with 
valuation dates during the third quarter (July through September) of 
2010, (2) adds to appendix B to part 4022 the interest assumptions for 
PBGC to use for its own lump-sum payments in plans with valuation dates 
during July 2010, and (3) adds to appendix C to part 4022 the interest 
assumptions for private-sector pension practitioners to refer to if 
they wish to use lump-sum interest rates determined using PBGC's 
historical methodology for valuation dates during July 2010.
    The interest assumptions that PBGC will use for valuing benefits 
for allocation purposes (set forth in appendix B to part 4044) will be 
4.93 percent for the first 20 years following the valuation date and 
4.66 percent thereafter. In comparison with the interest assumptions in 
effect for the second quarter of 2010, these interest assumptions 
represent an increase of 0.30 percent for the first 20 years following 
the valuation date and an increase of 0.15 percent for all years 
thereafter.
    The interest assumptions that PBGC will use for its own lump-sum 
payments (set forth in appendix B to part 4022) will be 2.50 percent 
for the period during which a benefit is in pay status and 4.00 percent 
during any years preceding the benefit's placement in pay

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status. In comparison with the interest assumptions in effect for June 
2010, these interest assumptions represent a decrease of 0.25 percent 
in the immediate annuity rate and are otherwise unchanged. For private-
sector payments, the interest assumptions (set forth in appendix C to 
part 4022) will be the same as those used by PBGC for determining and 
paying lump sums (set forth in appendix B to part 4022).
    PBGC has determined that notice and public comment on this 
amendment are impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This 
finding is based on the need to determine and issue new interest 
assumptions promptly so that the assumptions can reflect current market 
conditions as accurately as possible.
    Because of the need to provide immediate guidance for the valuation 
and payment of benefits in plans with valuation dates during July 2010, 
PBGC finds that good cause exists for making the assumptions set forth 
in this amendment effective less than 30 days after publication.
    PBGC has determined that this action is not a ``significant 
regulatory action'' under the criteria set forth in Executive Order 
12866.
    Because no general notice of proposed rulemaking is required for 
this amendment, the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 does not apply. 
See 5 U.S.C. 601(2).

List of Subjects

29 CFR Part 4022

    Employee benefit plans, Pension insurance, Pensions, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements.

29 CFR Part 4044

    Employee benefit plans, Pension insurance, Pensions.

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In consideration of the foregoing, 29 CFR parts 4022 and 4044 are 
amended as follows:

PART 4022--BENEFITS PAYABLE IN TERMINATED SINGLE-EMPLOYER PLANS

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1. The authority citation for part 4022 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 29 U.S.C. 1302, 1322, 1322b, 1341(c)(3)(D), and 1344.


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2. In appendix B to part 4022, Rate Set 201, as set forth below, is 
added to the table.

Appendix B to Part 4022--Lump Sum Interest Rates For PBGC Payments

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                   For plans with a valuation date     Immediate                                Deferred annuities  (percent)
    Rate set     ----------------------------------   annuity rate  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    On or after         Before         (percent)            i1               i2               i3               n1               n2
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          201            7-1-10           8-1-10             2.50             4.00             4.00             4.00                7                8
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3. In appendix C to part 4022, Rate Set 201, as set forth below, is 
added to the table.

Appendix C to Part 4022--Lump Sum Interest Rates For Private-Sector 
Payments

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                   For plans with a valuation date     Immediate                                Deferred annuities  (percent)
    Rate set     ----------------------------------   annuity rate  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    On or after         Before         (percent)            i1               i2               i3               n1               n2
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          201            7-1-10           8-1-10             2.50             4.00             4.00             4.00                7                8
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PART 4044--ALLOCATION OF ASSETS IN SINGLE-EMPLOYER PLANS

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4. The authority citation for part 4044 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 29 U.S.C. 1301(a), 1302(b)(3), 1341, 1344, 1362.


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5. In appendix B to part 4044, a new entry for July--September 2010, as 
set forth below, is added to the table.

Appendix B to Part 4044--Interest Rates Used to Value Benefits

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                                                             The values of it are:
     For valuation dates     -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  occurring in the months--        it          for t =         it          for t =         it          for t =
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July-September 2010.........       0.0493          1-20        0.0466           >20           N/A           N/A
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    Issued in Washington, DC, on this 8th day of June 2010.
Vincent K. Snowbarger,
Acting Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
[FR Doc. 2010-14299 Filed 6-14-10; 8:45 am]
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