Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Valuation of Benefits and Assets; Expected Retirement Age, 67186-67187 [2019-26456]

Download as PDF 67186 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 236 / Monday, December 9, 2019 / Rules and Regulations seriously delinquent tax debt as described in 26 U.S.C. 7345. * * * * * Carl C. Risch, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2019–26393 Filed 12–6–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–13–P PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION 29 CFR Part 4044 Allocation of Assets in SingleEmployer Plans; Valuation of Benefits and Assets; Expected Retirement Age Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This rule amends the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s regulation on Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans by substituting a new table for determining expected retirement ages for participants in pension plans undergoing distress or involuntary termination with valuation dates falling in 2020. This table is needed to compute the value of early retirement benefits and, thus, the total value of benefits under a plan. DATES: This rule is effective January 1, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregory Katz (katz.gregory@pbgc.gov), Attorney, Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of the General Counsel, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202– 326–4400, ext. 3829. (TTY users may call the Federal relay service toll-free at 1–800–877–8339 and ask to be connected to 202–326–4400, ext. 3829.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) administers the pension plan termination insurance program under title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). PBGC’s regulation on Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans (29 CFR part 4044) sets forth (in subpart B) the methods for valuing plan benefits of terminating single-employer plans covered under title IV. Guaranteed tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:48 Dec 06, 2019 Jkt 250001 benefits and benefit liabilities under a plan that is undergoing a distress termination must be valued in accordance with subpart B of part 4044. In addition, when PBGC terminates an underfunded plan involuntarily pursuant to ERISA section 4042(a), it uses the subpart B valuation rules to determine the amount of the plan’s underfunding. Under § 4044.51(b) of the asset allocation regulation, early retirement benefits are valued based on the annuity starting date, if a retirement date has been selected, or the expected retirement age, if the annuity starting date is not known on the valuation date. Sections 4044.55 through 4044.57 set forth rules for determining the expected retirement ages for plan participants entitled to early retirement benefits. Appendix D of part 4044 contains tables to be used in determining the expected early retirement ages. Table I in appendix D (Selection of Retirement Rate Category) is used to determine whether a participant has a low, medium, or high probability of retiring early. The determination is based on the year a participant would reach ‘‘unreduced retirement age’’ (i.e., the earlier of the normal retirement age or the age at which an unreduced benefit is first payable) and the participant’s monthly benefit at unreduced retirement age. The table applies only to plans with valuation dates in the current year and is updated annually by PBGC to reflect changes in the cost of living, etc. Tables II–A, II–B, and II–C (Expected Retirement Ages for Individuals in the Low, Medium, and High Categories respectively) are used to determine the expected retirement age after the probability of early retirement has been determined using Table I. These tables establish, by probability category, the expected retirement age based on both the earliest age a participant could retire under the plan and the unreduced retirement age. This expected retirement age is used to compute the value of the early retirement benefit and, thus, the total value of benefits under the plan. This document amends appendix D to replace Table I–19 with Table I–20 to provide an updated correlation, appropriate for calendar year 2020, between the amount of a participant’s PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 benefit and the probability that the participant will elect early retirement. Table I–20 will be used to value benefits in plans with valuation dates during calendar year 2020. PBGC has determined that notice of, and public comment on, this rule are impracticable and contrary to the public interest. Plan administrators need to be able to estimate accurately the value of plan benefits as early as possible before initiating the termination process. For that purpose, if a plan has a valuation date in 2020, the plan administrator needs the updated table being promulgated in this rule. Accordingly, PBGC finds that the public interest is best served by issuing this table expeditiously, without an opportunity for notice and comment, and that good cause exists for making the table set forth in this amendment effective less than 30 days after publication to allow as much time as possible to estimate the value of plan benefits with the proper table for plans with valuation dates in early 2020. PBGC has determined that this action is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under the criteria set forth in Executive Order 12866 and Executive Order 13771. Because no general notice of proposed rulemaking is required for this regulation, the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 does not apply (5 U.S.C. 601(2)). List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 4044 Employee benefit plans, Pension insurance. In consideration of the foregoing, 29 CFR part 4044 is amended as follows: PART 4044—ALLOCATION OF ASSETS IN SINGLE-EMPLOYER PLANS 1. The authority citation for part 4044 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 29 U.S.C. 1301(a), 1302(b)(3), 1341, 1344, 1362. 2. Appendix D to part 4044 is amended by removing Table I–19 and adding in its place Table I–20 to read as follows: ■ Appendix D to Part 4044—Tables Used To Determine Expected Retirement Age C:\TARSHA\09DER1.SGM 09DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 236 / Monday, December 9, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 67187 TABLE I–20—SELECTION OF RETIREMENT RATE CATEGORY [For valuation dates in 2020 1] Participant’s retirement rate category is— Low 2 if monthly benefit at URA is less than— If participant reaches URA in year— 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 ................................................................................. ................................................................................. ................................................................................. ................................................................................. ................................................................................. ................................................................................. ................................................................................. ................................................................................. ................................................................................. or later .................................................................... 1 Applicable tables 2 Table II–A. 3 Table 4 Table * From— 672 688 704 720 736 753 771 788 806 825 To— 672 688 704 720 736 753 771 788 806 825 High 4 if monthly benefit at URA is greater than— 2,839 2,905 2,971 3,040 3,110 3,181 3,254 3,329 3,406 3,484 2,839 2,905 2,971 3,040 3,110 3,181 3,254 3,329 3,406 3,484 for valuation dates before 2020 are available on PBGC’s website (www.pbgc.gov). II–B. II–C. * * * * The regulations in the table to 33 CFR 165.506 at (a)(16) will be enforced from 5:45 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. on December 31, 2019, and from 11:45 p.m. on December 31, 2019, through 12:30 a.m. on January 1, 2020. DATES: Issued in Washington, DC, by: Hilary Duke, Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. If you have questions about this notice of enforcement, you may call or email Petty Officer Thomas Welker, U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Waterways Management Division, telephone 215– 271–4814, email Thomas.J.Welker@ uscg.mil. BILLING CODE 7709–02–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket No. USCG–2019–0906] Safety Zones; Fireworks Displays in the Fifth Coast Guard District of regulation. The Coast Guard will enforce the Penn’s Landing, Delaware River, Philadelphia, PA, safety zone from 5:45 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. on December 31, 2019, and from 11:45 p.m. on December 31, 2019, through 12:30 a.m. on January 1, 2020. This is to ensure safety of life on the navigable waters of the United States immediately prior to, during, and immediately after the fireworks displays. Our regulation for safety zones of fireworks displays in the Fifth Coast Guard District identifies the area for this event at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA. During the enforcement periods vessels may not enter, remain in, or transit through the safety zones unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or on scene designated Coast Guard patrol personnel. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 The Coast Guard will enforce the safety zone in the Table to 33 CFR 165.506, entry (a)(16), for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation New Year’s Eve Fireworks displays. This action is necessary to ensure safety of life on the navigable waters of the United States immediately prior to, during, and immediately after the fireworks displays. Our regulation for safety zones of fireworks displays within the Fifth Coast Guard District, table to § 165.506, entry (a)(16) specifies the location of the regulated area as all waters of Delaware River, adjacent to Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA, within 500 yards of a fireworks barge at approximate position latitude 39°56′49″ N, longitude 075°08′11″ W. During the enforcement periods, as reflected in § 165.506(d), vessels may not enter, remain in, or transit through the safety zones unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or on scene designated Coast Guard patrol personnel. In addition to this notice of enforcement in the Federal Register, the Coast Guard plans to provide notification of this enforcement period via broadcast notice to mariners. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS. ACTION: Notice of enforcement 16:48 Dec 06, 2019 Jkt 250001 Dated: November 29, 2019. Scott E. Anderson, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. [FR Doc. 2019–26471 Filed 12–6–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: [FR Doc. 2019–26456 Filed 12–6–19; 8:45 am] tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with RULES Medium 3 if monthly benefit at URA is— PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2019–0486] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Ohio River, Brookport, IL Coast Guard, DHS. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on a portion of the Ohio River in Brookport, IL. This action is necessary to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards created by the demolition of Lock and Dam 52 involving explosives. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port Ohio Valley or a designated representative. DATES: This rule is effective without actual notice from December 9, 2019 through December 1, 2020. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from December 3, 2019 through December 9, 2019 ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to https:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2019– SUMMARY: C:\TARSHA\09DER1.SGM 09DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 236 (Monday, December 9, 2019)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 67186-67187]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-26456]


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PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION

29 CFR Part 4044


Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Valuation of 
Benefits and Assets; Expected Retirement Age

AGENCY: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This rule amends the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's 
regulation on Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans by 
substituting a new table for determining expected retirement ages for 
participants in pension plans undergoing distress or involuntary 
termination with valuation dates falling in 2020. This table is needed 
to compute the value of early retirement benefits and, thus, the total 
value of benefits under a plan.

DATES: This rule is effective January 1, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregory Katz ([email protected]), 
Attorney, Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of the General Counsel, 
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street NW, Washington, DC 
20005, 202-326-4400, ext. 3829. (TTY users may call the Federal relay 
service toll-free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to 202-326-
4400, ext. 3829.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 
(PBGC) administers the pension plan termination insurance program under 
title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 
(ERISA). PBGC's regulation on Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer 
Plans (29 CFR part 4044) sets forth (in subpart B) the methods for 
valuing plan benefits of terminating single-employer plans covered 
under title IV. Guaranteed benefits and benefit liabilities under a 
plan that is undergoing a distress termination must be valued in 
accordance with subpart B of part 4044. In addition, when PBGC 
terminates an underfunded plan involuntarily pursuant to ERISA section 
4042(a), it uses the subpart B valuation rules to determine the amount 
of the plan's underfunding.
    Under Sec.  4044.51(b) of the asset allocation regulation, early 
retirement benefits are valued based on the annuity starting date, if a 
retirement date has been selected, or the expected retirement age, if 
the annuity starting date is not known on the valuation date. Sections 
4044.55 through 4044.57 set forth rules for determining the expected 
retirement ages for plan participants entitled to early retirement 
benefits. Appendix D of part 4044 contains tables to be used in 
determining the expected early retirement ages.
    Table I in appendix D (Selection of Retirement Rate Category) is 
used to determine whether a participant has a low, medium, or high 
probability of retiring early. The determination is based on the year a 
participant would reach ``unreduced retirement age'' (i.e., the earlier 
of the normal retirement age or the age at which an unreduced benefit 
is first payable) and the participant's monthly benefit at unreduced 
retirement age. The table applies only to plans with valuation dates in 
the current year and is updated annually by PBGC to reflect changes in 
the cost of living, etc.
    Tables II-A, II-B, and II-C (Expected Retirement Ages for 
Individuals in the Low, Medium, and High Categories respectively) are 
used to determine the expected retirement age after the probability of 
early retirement has been determined using Table I. These tables 
establish, by probability category, the expected retirement age based 
on both the earliest age a participant could retire under the plan and 
the unreduced retirement age. This expected retirement age is used to 
compute the value of the early retirement benefit and, thus, the total 
value of benefits under the plan.
    This document amends appendix D to replace Table I-19 with Table I-
20 to provide an updated correlation, appropriate for calendar year 
2020, between the amount of a participant's benefit and the probability 
that the participant will elect early retirement. Table I-20 will be 
used to value benefits in plans with valuation dates during calendar 
year 2020.
    PBGC has determined that notice of, and public comment on, this 
rule are impracticable and contrary to the public interest. Plan 
administrators need to be able to estimate accurately the value of plan 
benefits as early as possible before initiating the termination 
process. For that purpose, if a plan has a valuation date in 2020, the 
plan administrator needs the updated table being promulgated in this 
rule. Accordingly, PBGC finds that the public interest is best served 
by issuing this table expeditiously, without an opportunity for notice 
and comment, and that good cause exists for making the table set forth 
in this amendment effective less than 30 days after publication to 
allow as much time as possible to estimate the value of plan benefits 
with the proper table for plans with valuation dates in early 2020.
    PBGC has determined that this action is not a ``significant 
regulatory action'' under the criteria set forth in Executive Order 
12866 and Executive Order 13771.
    Because no general notice of proposed rulemaking is required for 
this regulation, the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 does not apply 
(5 U.S.C. 601(2)).

List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 4044

    Employee benefit plans, Pension insurance.

    In consideration of the foregoing, 29 CFR part 4044 is amended as 
follows:

PART 4044--ALLOCATION OF ASSETS IN SINGLE-EMPLOYER PLANS

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1. 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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2. Appendix D to part 4044 is amended by removing Table I-19 and adding 
in its place Table I-20 to read as follows:

Appendix D to Part 4044--Tables Used To Determine Expected Retirement 
Age

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                                Table I-20--Selection of Retirement Rate Category
                                        [For valuation dates in 2020 \1\]
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                                                    Participant's retirement rate category is--
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  If participant reaches URA in                        Medium \3\ if monthly benefit at URA       High \4\ if
             year--               Low \2\ if monthly                   is--                   monthly benefit at
                                   benefit at URA is ----------------------------------------   URA is greater
                                      less than--           From--               To--               than--
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2021............................                 672                 672               2,839               2,839
2022............................                 688                 688               2,905               2,905
2023............................                 704                 704               2,971               2,971
2024............................                 720                 720               3,040               3,040
2025............................                 736                 736               3,110               3,110
2026............................                 753                 753               3,181               3,181
2027............................                 771                 771               3,254               3,254
2028............................                 788                 788               3,329               3,329
2029............................                 806                 806               3,406               3,406
2030 or later...................                 825                 825               3,484               3,484
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\1\ Applicable tables for valuation dates before 2020 are available on PBGC's website (www.pbgc.gov).
\2\ Table II-A.
\3\ Table II-B.
\4\ Table II-C.

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     Issued in Washington, DC, by:
Hilary Duke,
Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, Pension Benefit 
Guaranty Corporation.
[FR Doc. 2019-26456 Filed 12-6-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 7709-02-P