Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Methods for Computing Withdrawal Liability; Reallocation Liability Upon Mass Withdrawal; Pension Protection Act of 2006
Document Number: E8-31015
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-30
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
This final rule amends PBGC's regulation on Allocating Unfunded Vested Benefits to Withdrawing Employers (29 CFR part 4211) to implement provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 that provide for changes in the allocation of unfunded vested benefits to withdrawing employers from a multiemployer pension plan, and that require adjustments in determining an employer's withdrawal liability when a multiemployer plan is in critical status. Pursuant to PBGC's authority under section 4211(c)(5) of ERISA to prescribe standard approaches for alternative withdrawal liability methods, the final rule also amends this regulation to provide additional modifications to the statutory methods for determining an employer's allocable share of unfunded vested benefits. In addition, pursuant to PBGC's authority under section 4219(c)(1)(D) of ERISA, this final rule amends PBGC's regulation on Notice, Collection, and Redetermination of Withdrawal Liability (29 CFR part 4219) to improve the process of fully allocating a plan's total unfunded vested benefits among all liable employers in a mass withdrawal. Finally, this final rule amends PBGC's regulation on Terminology (29 CFR part 4001) to reflect the definition of a ``multiemployer plan'' added by the Pension Protection Act of 2006.
Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing Benefits
Document Number: E8-30768
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-29
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulation on Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans prescribes interest assumptions for valuing benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the asset allocation regulation to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in the first quarter of 2009. As discussed below, PBGC has published a separate final rule dealing with interest assumptions under its regulation on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans for January 2009. Interest assumptions are also published on PBGC's Web site (http:// www.pbgc.gov).
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing and Paying Benefits
Document Number: E8-30419
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-23
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulation on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans prescribes interest assumptions for valuing and paying certain benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the benefit payments regulation to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in January 2009. As discussed below, PBGC will publish a separate final rule document dealing with interest assumptions under its regulation on Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans for January 2009. Interest assumptions are also published on PBGC's Web site (http:// www.pbgc.gov).
Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Valuation of Benefits and Assets; Expected Retirement Age
Document Number: E8-28413
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-01
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
This rule amends the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulation on Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans by substituting a new table that applies to any plan being terminated either in a distress termination or involuntarily by the PBGC with a valuation date falling in 2009, and is used to determine expected retirement ages for plan participants. This table is needed in order to compute the value of early retirement benefits and, thus, the total value of benefits under the plan.
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans
Document Number: E8-28412
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-12-01
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
This rule amends Appendix D to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulation on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single- Employer Plans by adding the maximum guaranteeable pension benefit that may be paid by the PBGC with respect to a plan participant in a single- employer pension plan that terminates in 2009. The amendment is necessary because the maximum guarantee amount changes each year, based on changes in the contribution and benefit base under section 230 of the Social Security Act. The effect of the amendment is to advise plan administrators, participants and beneficiaries of the increased maximum guarantee amount for 2009.
PBGC Flat Premium Rates
Document Number: E8-28411
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-12-01
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
This notice informs the public of the PBGC flat premium rates for premium payment years beginning in 2009. These rates can be derived from information published elsewhere but are published in this notice for the convenience of the public.
Proposed Submission of Information Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request; Survey of Nonparticipating Single Premium Group Annuity Rates
Document Number: E8-28333
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-28
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (``PBGC'') intends to request that the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') extend approval, under the Paperwork Reduction Act, of a collection of information that is not contained in a regulation (OMB control number 1212-0030; expires March 31, 2009). This voluntary collection of information is a quarterly survey of insurance company rates for pricing annuity contracts. The American Council of Life Insurers conducts this survey for PBGC. This notice informs the public of PBGC's intent and solicits public comment on the collection of information.
Proposed Submission of Information Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request; Reportable Events
Document Number: E8-27768
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-21
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) intends to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) extend approval (with modifications), under the Paperwork Reduction Act, of the collection of information under Part 4043 of its regulations relating to Reportable Events (OMB control number 1212-0013; expires February 28, 2009). This notice informs the public of the PBGC's intent and solicits public comment on the collection of information.
Proposed Submission of Information Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request; Notice of Failure To Make Required Contributions
Document Number: E8-27767
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-11-21
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) intends to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) extend approval (with modifications), under the Paperwork Reduction Act, of the collection of information under Part 4043 of its regulations relating to Notice of Failure to Make Required Contributions (OMB control number 1212-0041; expires February 28, 2009). This notice informs the public of the PBGC's intent and solicits public comment on the collection of information.
Disclosure of Termination Information
Document Number: E8-27350
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-18
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
This is a final rule to implement section 506 of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-280) which amends sections 4041 and 4042 of ERISA. These amendments require that a plan administrator disclose information it has submitted to PBGC in connection with a distress termination filing, and that a plan administrator or plan sponsor disclose information it has submitted to PBGC in connection with a PBGC-initiated termination. The new provisions also require PBGC to disclose the administrative record in a PBGC-initiated termination. The disclosures must be made to an affected party upon request.
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing and Paying Benefits
Document Number: E8-27095
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-11-14
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans prescribe interest assumptions for valuing and paying benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the regulations to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in December 2008. Interest assumptions are also published on the PBGC's Web site (http://www.pbgc.gov).
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing and Paying Benefits
Document Number: E8-24651
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-10-16
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans prescribe interest assumptions for valuing and paying benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the regulations to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in November 2008. Interest assumptions are also published on the PBGC's Web site (http://www.pbgc.gov).
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing and Paying Benefits
Document Number: E8-21415
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-09-15
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans prescribe interest assumptions for valuing and paying benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the regulations to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in October 2008. Interest assumptions are also published on the PBGC's Web site (http://www.pbgc.gov).
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: E8-20178
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-08-29
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is proposing to establish a new system of records, PBGC16, Online Employee DirectoryPBGC, subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. The new system of records will be used by PBGC employees and employees of PBGC's contractors to identify other PBGC employees by name, organizational component or title, supervisor, or area of expertise, and to access contact information for PBGC employees.
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing and Paying Benefits
Document Number: E8-19061
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-08-15
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans prescribe interest assumptions for valuing and paying benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the regulations to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in September 2008. Interest assumptions are also published on the PBGC's Web site (http://www.pbgc.gov).
Submission of Information Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request; Locating and Paying Participants
Document Number: E8-17470
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-07-30
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is requesting that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) extend its approval, with modifications, of a collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act (OMB control number 1212-0055, expires August 31, 2008). The purpose of the information collection is to enable PBGC to locate and pay benefits to participants and beneficiaries in plans covered by the PBGC insurance program, as well as other pension plans that will be covered by PBGC's expanded Missing Participant program under the Pension Protection Act of 2006. This notice informs the public of PBGC's request and solicits public comment on the collection of information.
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing and Paying Benefits
Document Number: E8-16150
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-15
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans prescribe interest assumptions for valuing and paying benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the regulations to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in August 2008. Interest assumptions are also published on the PBGC's Web site (http://www.pbgc.gov).
Rules for Administrative Review of Agency Decisions
Document Number: E8-15196
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-07-03
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is amending its regulation on Administrative Review of Agency Decisions to clarify that the agency's Appeals Board may refer certain categories of appeals to other PBGC departments for a written response and to remove determinations under section 4022A of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) from the scope of part 4003. The amendments also include minor clarifying and technical changes to the rules for administrative review of agency decisions.
Bankruptcy Filing Date Treated as Plan Termination Date for Certain Purposes; Guaranteed Benefits; Allocation of Plan Assets; Pension Protection Act of 2006
Document Number: E8-14813
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-07-01
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
This is a proposed rule to implement section 404 of the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Section 404 amended Title IV of ERISA to provide that when an underfunded, PBGC-covered, single-employer pension plan terminates while its contributing sponsor is in bankruptcy, sections 4022 and 4044(a)(3) of ERISA are to be applied by treating the date the sponsor's bankruptcy petition was filed as the termination date of the plan. Section 4022 determines which benefits are guaranteed by PBGC, and section 4044(a)(3) determines which benefits are entitled to priority in ``priority category 3'' in the statutory hierarchy for allocating the assets of a terminated plan. Thus, under the 2006 amendments, when a plan terminates while the sponsor is in bankruptcy, the amount of benefits guaranteed by PBGC and the amount of benefits in priority category 3 are fixed at the date of the bankruptcy filing rather than at the plan termination date. This will, in most cases, reduce the amount of guaranteed benefits and the amount of benefits in priority category 3.
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing and Paying Benefits
Document Number: E8-13229
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-06-13
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans prescribe interest assumptions for valuing and paying benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the regulations to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in July 2008. Interest assumptions are also published on the PBGC's Web site (http://www.pbgc.gov).
Bylaws of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Document Number: E8-11667
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-23
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
This is a final rule to amend the bylaws of Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing and Paying Benefits
Document Number: E8-10886
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-05-15
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans prescribe interest assumptions for valuing and paying benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the regulations to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in June 2008. Interest assumptions are also published on the PBGC's Web site (http://www.pbgc.gov).
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing and Paying Benefits
Document Number: E8-7939
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-15
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans prescribe interest assumptions for valuing and paying benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the regulations to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in May 2008. Interest assumptions are also published on the PBGC's Web site (http://www.pbgc.gov).
Premium Rates; Payment of Premiums; Variable-Rate Premium; Pension Protection Act of 2006
Document Number: E8-5712
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-21
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
This is a final rule to amend PBGC's regulations on Premium Rates and Payment of Premiums. The amendments implement provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109-280) that change the variable-rate premium for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2008, and make other changes to the regulations. (Other provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 that deal with PBGC premiums are the subject of separate rulemaking proceedings.)
Methods for Computing Withdrawal Liability; Reallocation Liability Upon Mass Withdrawal; Pension Protection Act of 2006
Document Number: E8-5541
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-19
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
This proposed rule amends PBGC's regulation on Allocating Unfunded Vested Benefits to Withdrawing Employers (29 CFR part 4211) to implement provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (Pub. L. c109-280) that provide for changes in the allocation of unfunded vested benefits to withdrawing employers from a multiemployer pension plan, and that require adjustments in determining an employer's withdrawal liability when a multiemployer plan is in critical status. Pursuant to PBGC's authority under section 4211(c)(5) of ERISA to prescribe standard approaches for alternative methods, the proposed rule would also amend this regulation to provide additional modifications to the statutory methods for determining an employer's allocable share of unfunded vested benefits. In addition, pursuant to PBGC's authority under section 4219(c)(1)(D) of ERISA, this proposed rule would amend PBGC's regulation on Notice, Collection, and Redetermination of Withdrawal Liability (29 CFR part 4219) to improve the process of fully allocating a plan's total unfunded vested benefits among all liable employers in a mass withdrawal. Finally, this proposed rule would amend PBGC's regulation on Terminology (29 CFR part 4001) to reflect a definition of a ``multiemployer plan'' added by the Pension Protection Act of 2006.
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing and Paying Benefits
Document Number: E8-5192
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-14
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans prescribe interest assumptions for valuing and paying benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the regulations to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in April 2008. Interest assumptions are also published on the PBGC's Web site (http://www.pbgc.gov).
Approval of Variance From the Bond/Escrow Requirement Relating to the Sale of Assets by an Employer Who Contributes to a Multiemployer Plan: P&O Ports Florida, Inc.
Document Number: E8-3990
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-03
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has granted a request from the P&O Ports Florida, Inc., (``P&O Ports'') for a variance from the bond/escrow requirement of section 4204(a)(1)(B) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, with respect to the Tampa Maritime Association-International Longshoremen's Association Pension Plan. A notice of the request for a variance from the requirement was published on August 3, 2007 (72 FR 43297). The effect of this notice is to advise the public of the decision on the request.
Submission of Information Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request; Multiemployer Plan Regulations
Document Number: E8-3410
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is requesting that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve, under the Paperwork Reduction Act, collections of information in PBGC's regulations on multiemployer plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). This notice informs the public of PBGC's request and solicits public comment on the collections of information.
Annual Financial and Actuarial Information Reporting; Pension Protection Act of 2006
Document Number: E8-3124
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
This proposed rule would amend PBGC's regulation on Annual Financial and Actuarial Information Reporting to implement the provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, Public Law 109-280 (``PPA 2006''), which changed the standards for determining which persons are required to report under ERISA section 4010 (Authority to Require Certain Information) and made other changes to the reporting requirements. In addition to providing proposed guidance on implementing the PPA 2006 changes, PBGC is proposing to waive reporting in certain cases for controlled groups with aggregate plan underfunding of $15 million or less, to modify the standards for determining which plans are exempted from the actuarial information requirements, to revise the actuarial information requirements to conform with other PPA 2006 changes, and to provide other clarifications.
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing and Paying Benefits
Document Number: E8-2947
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans prescribe interest assumptions for valuing and paying benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the regulations to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in March 2008. Interest assumptions are also published on the PBGC's Web site (http://www.pbgc.gov).
Submission of Information Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request; Liability for Termination of Single-Employer Plans
Document Number: E8-1874
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-01
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (``PBGC'') is requesting that the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') extend approval, under the Paperwork Reduction Act, of a collection of information in its regulation on Liability for Termination of Single- Employer Plans, 29 CFR Part 4062 (OMB control number 1212-0017; expires February 29, 2008). This notice informs the public of the PBGC's request and solicits public comment on the collection of information.
Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Valuing and Paying Benefits
Document Number: E8-600
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-01-15
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulations on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans and Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans prescribe interest assumptions for valuing and paying benefits under terminating single-employer plans. This final rule amends the regulations to adopt interest assumptions for plans with valuation dates in February 2008. Interest assumptions are also published on the PBGC's Web site (http://www.pbgc.gov).
Interest Rates and Assumptions Under Parts 4006, 4007, 4062, 4219, and 4281 of PBGC Regulations
Document Number: E8-568
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-01-15
Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Agencies and Commissions
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: / /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.