Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing and Paying Benefits, 13755-13756 [2017-04945]

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AGENCY: This final rule amends the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans to prescribe interest assumptions under the benefit payments regulation for valuation dates in April 2017 and interest assumptions under the asset allocation regulation for valuation dates in the second quarter of 2017. The interest assumptions are used for valuing and paying benefits under terminating single-employer plans covered by the pension insurance system administered by PBGC. DATES: Effective April 1, 2017. rmajette on DSK30RV082PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:21 Mar 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah C. Murphy (Murphy.Deborah@ PBGC.gov), Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20005, 202–326– 4400 ext. 3451. (TTY/TDD users may call the Federal relay service toll free at 1–800–877–8339 and ask to be connected to 202–326–4400 ext. 3451.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PBGC’s regulations on Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans (29 CFR part 4044) and Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans (29 CFR part 4022) prescribe actuarial assumptions—including interest assumptions—for valuing and paying plan benefits under terminating singleemployer plans covered by title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The interest assumptions in the regulations are also published on PBGC’s Web site (http:// www.pbgc.gov). The interest assumptions in Appendix B to part 4044 are used to value benefits for allocation purposes under ERISA section 4044. PBGC uses the interest assumptions in Appendix B to part 4022 to determine whether a benefit is payable as a lump sum and to determine the amount to pay. Appendix C to part 4022 contains 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. Currently, the rates in Appendices B and C of the benefit payment regulation are the same. The interest assumptions are intended to reflect current conditions in the financial and annuity markets. Assumptions under the asset allocation regulation are updated quarterly; assumptions under the benefit payments regulation are updated monthly. This final rule updates the benefit payments interest assumptions for April 2017 and updates the asset allocation interest assumptions for the second quarter (April through June) of 2017. The second quarter 2017 interest assumptions under the allocation regulation will be 2.15 percent for the first 20 years following the valuation date and 2.60 percent thereafter. In comparison with the interest assumptions in effect for the first quarter of 2017, these interest assumptions represent no change in the select period (the period during which the select rate (the initial rate) applies), an increase of 0.28 percent in the select rate, and an increase of 0.23 percent in the ultimate rate (the final rate). The April 2017 interest assumptions under the benefit payments regulation PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 13755 will be 1.00 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 status. In comparison with the interest assumptions in effect for March 2017, these interest assumptions represent a decrease of 0.25 percent in the immediate rate and no changes in i1, i2, or i3. 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 under plans with valuation dates during April 2017, 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. In consideration of the foregoing, 29 CFR parts 4022 and 4044 are amended as follows: PART 4022—BENEFITS PAYABLE IN TERMINATED SINGLE-EMPLOYER PLANS 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. 2. In appendix B to part 4022, Rate Set 282, as set forth below, is added to the table. ■ Appendix B to Part 4022—Lump Sum Interest Rates For PBGC Payments * E:\FR\FM\15MRR1.SGM * * 15MRR1 * * 13756 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 49 / Wednesday, March 15, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Rate set For plans with a valuation date On or after * Before * 282 4–1–17 * Before 4–1–17 * * 4.00 * n1 * n2 * * 4.00 7 8 n1 n2 i1 1.00 i2 * 4.00 * 5–1–17 * Deferred annuities (percent) Immediate annuity rate (percent) * 282 i3 Appendix C to Part 4022—Lump Sum Interest Rates for Private-Sector Payments * For plans with a valuation date i2 * 4.00 1.00 3. In appendix C to part 4022, Rate Set 282, as set forth below, is added to the table. On or after i1 * 5–1–17 ■ Rate set Deferred annuities (percent) Immediate annuity rate (percent) i3 4.00 * * * 4.00 7 8 Authority: 29 U.S.C. 1301(a), 1302(b)(3), 1341, 1344, 1362. PART 4044—ALLOCATION OF ASSETS IN SINGLE-EMPLOYER PLANS Appendix B to Part 4044—Interest Rates Used to Value Benefits 5. In appendix B to part 4044, a new entry for April–June 2017, as set forth below, is added to the table. * ■ 4. The authority citation for part 4044 continues to read as follows: ■ * * * * The values of it are: For valuation dates occurring in the month— it * * * April–June 2017 ................................................................ Deborah Chase Murphy, Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. for t = it for t = 1–20 * 0.0260 >20 * 0.0215 complete required maintenance including installation of new timber ties, miter rails, and steel repairs. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 49 (Wednesday, March 15, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 13755-13756]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-04945]


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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: This final rule amends the Pension Benefit Guaranty 
Corporation's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-
Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans to 
prescribe interest assumptions under the benefit payments regulation 
for valuation dates in April 2017 and interest assumptions under the 
asset allocation regulation for valuation dates in the second quarter 
of 2017. The interest assumptions are used for valuing and paying 
benefits under terminating single-employer plans covered by the pension 
insurance system administered by PBGC.

DATES: Effective April 1, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah C. Murphy 
(Murphy.Deborah@PBGC.gov), Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory 
Affairs, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20005, 202-326-4400 ext. 3451. (TTY/TDD users may call 
the Federal relay service toll free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be 
connected to 202-326-4400 ext. 3451.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PBGC's regulations on Allocation of Assets 
in Single-Employer Plans (29 CFR part 4044) and Benefits Payable in 
Terminated Single-Employer Plans (29 CFR part 4022) prescribe actuarial 
assumptions--including interest assumptions--for valuing and paying 
plan benefits under terminating single-employer plans covered by title 
IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The interest 
assumptions in the regulations are also published on PBGC's Web site 
(http://www.pbgc.gov).
    The interest assumptions in Appendix B to part 4044 are used to 
value benefits for allocation purposes under ERISA section 4044. PBGC 
uses the interest assumptions in Appendix B to part 4022 to determine 
whether a benefit is payable as a lump sum and to determine the amount 
to pay. Appendix C to part 4022 contains 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. 
Currently, the rates in Appendices B and C of the benefit payment 
regulation are the same.
    The interest assumptions are intended to reflect current conditions 
in the financial and annuity markets. Assumptions under the asset 
allocation regulation are updated quarterly; assumptions under the 
benefit payments regulation are updated monthly. This final rule 
updates the benefit payments interest assumptions for April 2017 and 
updates the asset allocation interest assumptions for the second 
quarter (April through June) of 2017.
    The second quarter 2017 interest assumptions under the allocation 
regulation will be 2.15 percent for the first 20 years following the 
valuation date and 2.60 percent thereafter. In comparison with the 
interest assumptions in effect for the first quarter of 2017, these 
interest assumptions represent no change in the select period (the 
period during which the select rate (the initial rate) applies), an 
increase of 0.28 percent in the select rate, and an increase of 0.23 
percent in the ultimate rate (the final rate).
    The April 2017 interest assumptions under the benefit payments 
regulation will be 1.00 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 status. In comparison with the interest 
assumptions in effect for March 2017, these interest assumptions 
represent a decrease of 0.25 percent in the immediate rate and no 
changes in i1, i2, or i3.
    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 under plans with valuation dates during April 
2017, 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.

    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 282, 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)            i                i                i                n                n
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          282            4-1-17           5-1-17             1.00             4.00             4.00             4.00                7                8
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3. In appendix C to part 4022, Rate Set 282, 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)            i                i                i                n                n
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                                                                      * * * * * * *
          282            4-1-17           5-1-17             1.00             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 April-June 2017, 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 i are:
     For valuation dates     -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  occurring in the month--          i          for t =          i          for t =          i          for t =
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April-June 2017.............       0.0215          1-20        0.0260           >20           N/A           N/A
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Deborah Chase Murphy,
Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, Pension Benefit 
Guaranty Corporation.
[FR Doc. 2017-04945 Filed 3-14-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 7709-02-P