[Federal Register: January 15, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 10)]
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PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION

 
Interest Rates and Assumptions Under Parts 4006, 4007, 4062, 
4219, and 4281 of PBGC Regulations

AGENCY: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

ACTION: Notice about availability of interest rates and assumptions.

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SUMMARY: For a number of years, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 
has published in the Federal Register a monthly notice informing the 
public of the interest rates and assumptions to be used under parts 
4006, 4007, 4062, 4219, and 4281 of PBGC regulations. These rates and 
assumptions are published elsewhere (or can be derived from rates 
published elsewhere) and are also available on PBGC's Web site, http: /
/http://www.pbgc.gov. Now that plans subject to PBGC regulations are required 

to make premium filings electronically through PBGC's Web site, PBGC 
has concluded that it is no longer necessary to duplicate the posting 
of these interest rates and assumptions on its Web site by also 
publishing the monthly Federal Register notices. Accordingly, this 
notice informs the public that the monthly Federal Register notices of 
PBGC interest rates and assumptions will no longer be published and 
describes how to access the rates and assumptions on PBGC's Web site.

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: Several regulations of Pension Benefit 
Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) require the use of interest rates and 
assumptions that change monthly or quarterly. The regulations on 
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans (29 CFR part 4022) 
and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans (29 CFR part 4044) 
require the use of interest rates and assumptions that are set by PBGC, 
and PBGC must amend those regulations monthly to promulgate new rates 
and assumptions. But other PBGC regulations refer to rates and 
assumptions that are not set by PBGC, but rather come from other 
sources. Thus persons using those regulations can determine the 
interest rates and assumptions they need to know without action by 
PBGC. For a number of years, PBGC has made the interest rates and 
assumptions available in monthly Federal Register notices and on its 
Web site. The regulations in this category are those on Premium Rates 
(29 CFR part 4006), Payment of Premiums (29 CFR part 4007), Liability 
for Termination of Single-Employer Plans (29 CFR part 4062), Notice, 
Collection, and Redetermination of Withdrawal Liability (29 CFR part 
4219), and Duties of Plan Sponsor Following Mass Withdrawal (29 CFR 
part 4281).
    On June 1, 2006 (at 71 FR 31077), PBGC published a final rule under 
which plans covered by the PBGC pension insurance program must make 
annual premium filings electronically. The e-filing requirement was 
phased in over two years and became applicable to all plans for plan 
years beginning after 2006. See 29 CFR 4007.3. Electronic premium 
filing is done through an application called ``My Plan Administration 
Account'' (``My PAA'') on PBGC's Web site. Thus, plans or their 
representatives are required to have access to PBGC's Web site in order 
to fulfill the premium e-filing obligation. Access to the Web site 
provides access to the interest rates and assumptions for use under the 
five regulations listed above because those rates and assumptions are 
posted on the Web site. PBGC has concluded that it is no longer 
necessary both to update the interest rates and assumptions on the Web 
site and to publish notice of the rates and assumptions in the Federal 
Register. Accordingly, PBGC is discontinuing publication of the monthly 
Federal Register notices. Monthly publication of final rules amending 
the benefit payments and allocation regulations (parts 4022 and 4044) 
will continue because of the need to amend those regulations each month 
to provide interest rates and assumptions set by PBGC.
    To access the interest rates and assumptions on PBGC's Web site 
(http: //http://www.pbgc.gov), go to the ``practitioner's page'' (by clicking 

on ``Practitioners'' at the top or left side of the home page). The 
interest rates and assumptions are listed at the top of the left column 
on the ``practitioners page.''
     For the interest rates for use in determining variable-
rate premiums under the premium rates regulation (part 4006), click on 
the link to ``variable rate premiums.''
     For the interest rates applied to late premium payments 
under the premium payment regulation (part 4007), click on the link to 
``late premium payments.''
     For the interest rates applied to under- and overpayments 
of employer liability under the termination liability regulation (part 
4062), click on the link to ``late premium payments.''
     For the interest rates for charging or crediting interest 
on under- and overpayments of withdrawal liability under the withdrawal 
liability notice and collection regulation (part 4219) unless an 
applicable plan provision provides otherwise, click on the link to 
``overdue or defaulted withdrawal liability.''
     For the interest rates and assumptions used for valuations 
under the plan sponsor duties regulation (part 4281), click on the link 
to ``immediate and deferred annuities.''
    The rates and assumptions also may be obtained by calling PBGC's 
interest rate hotline at 202-326-4041 or by contacting Larry Shirley in 
PBGC's Policy, Research & Analysis Department at 202-326-4080, ext. 
3474, or shirley.larry@pbgc.gov.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on this 9th day of January 2008.
Vincent K. Snowbarger,
Deputy Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
 [FR Doc. E8-568 Filed 1-14-08; 8:45 am]

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