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What's new at EBRI this month:
February Publications from EBRI:
New EBRI/ICI Database on 401(k) Participant Activity: EBRI's
January 1999 Issue Brief examines "401(k) Plan Asset Allocation, Account Balances and
Loan Activity." The result of two years' collaboration between EBRI and the
Investment Company Institute (ICI) in the collection of data on participants in 401(k)
plans, this new database includes 1996 information on 6.6 million active participants in
27,762 plans holding nearly $246 billion in assets. The database includes
demographic information, annual contributions, plan balances, asset allocation, and loans,
and is by far the most comprehensive source of information on individual plan
EBRI Research Findings for 1998:
Consumer Health Education Council (CHEC): The Employee Benefit
Research Institute Education and Research Fund has posted the Strategic Plan of CHEC and a CHEC Tools and Resources page.
What's new in employee benefits:
- The American Compensation Association provides listings of human resources-related
congressional bills with links to the bills and to background information on the bills.
news items from the weekly publication Business Insurance are posted every
Friday before the Monday issue date.
here for the latest available issue of the Washington Status Report from the
research staff of Hewitt Associates.
- Milliman & Robertson's Employee Benefits Research Group provides monthly updates of
a chart tracking employee benefits legislation: Monthly
Benefit News and Developments.
here for the daily edition of the Society for Human Resource Management's newspaper, HR
here for the American Compensation Association's Compensation & Benefits
- The following items have been added to the General Accounting Office's Web site in
Portable Document (PDF) format:
If a GAO title link above no longer works, click
here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY99, and search for the report by
entering words or phrases from the title. Reports will also be added to GAO's
searchable WAIS database in ASCII and PDF formats within 24 hours of the original
posting. Any individual report may be retrieved directly in text and PDF formats with the
following URL: http://www.gao.gov/cgi-bin/getrpt?RPTNO replacing RPTNO with the report
number (e.g., GAO/OCG-98-1).
If your computer does not already have the free Adobe Acrobat viewer software
to read PDF files, click
here for the one-time download necessary to read PDF publications.
(2/26/99) The Social Security Network has added Political
Cartoons to its site.
Social Security Trust Fund Fraud by Daniel J. Mitchell is a recent Backgrounder
released by The Heritage Foundation.
(2/24/99) The February 1999, Life/Health edition of Best's Review presents a
feature story on marketing retirement products to women: "The
51% Niche Market."
(2/23/99) As the 106th Congress moves forward, Milliman & Robertson's Employee
Benefits Research Group will provide monthly updates of a chart tracking employee benefits
legislation at their Internet site: Monthly
Benefit News and Developments.
(2/23/99) The February issue of Perspectives contains "1999
Legislative Outlook For Employee Benefits" by Milliman & Robertson's Employee
Benefits Research Group.
(2/22/99) The U.S. Department Of Labor's ERISA Advisory Council, Advisory Council On
Employee Welfare And Pension Benefits, has released the report of the Working Group on
Retirement Plan Leakage titled: "Are
We Cashing Out Our Future?"
Taxes or Increase National Saving? by Michael Calabrese is available on Intellectual
(2/19/99) The January 1999, Congressional Budget Office paper, Social
Security Privatization: Experiences Abroad, is available online.
(2/19/99) The public policy monograph, Long-term
Care: Actuarial Issues in Designing Voluntary Federal-Private LTC Insurance Programs,
is posted on the American Academy of Actuaries' Web site.
(2/19/99) According to the Employment Policy Foundation, Employment
Conditions Improved Rapidly for Employees and Job Seekers in 1998.
from Britain's Next Step in Privatizing Social Security Benefits by Robert E. Moffit
is available on the Heritage Foundation's Web site.
(2/17/99) The following papers have been added to the Survey
of Consumer Finances Working Papers posted on the Federal Reserve Board site:
- "Using Income Data to Predict Wealth" by Arthur B. Kennickell, January 1999.
- "Workers' Knowledge of their Pension Coverage: A Reevaluation" by M.
Starr-McCluer and A. Sunden, January 1999.
(2/16/99) The feature article in the February issue of Plan Sponsor is Cash
Balancing Act on cash balance pension plans.
(2/16/99) The U.S. Bureau of the Census has posted an International Brief: Gender
and Aging: Caregiving.
(2/9/99) The ERISA Advisory Council (the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and
Benefit Plans) has released the final report of the Working Group on Small Business: How
to Enhance and Encourage the Establishment of Pension Plans.
here for the Health Snapshot of America's Families from the 1997 National
Survey of America's Families from The Urban Institute.
here for Twelve Trends That Will Affect Your 401(k) Plan in 1999 from IOMA's February
1999 issue of Managing 401k Plans.
(2/5/99) The Association of Private Pension and Welfare Plans (APPWP) has created a
hypertext version of the Treasury Department provisions in the administration's fiscal
year 2000 budget proposal which includes proposed employee benefits legislation: General
Explanations of the Administrations Revenue Proposals.
(2/4/99) William M. Mercer has posted a press
release on the 1998 National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans.
(2/3/99) The IRS released a package of final
regulations on the COBRA continuation of health coverage requirements. Both are published
in the February 3, 1999, Federal Register.
fiscal year 2000 federal budget publications and the 1999 Economic Report of the
President have been posted.
Social Security Plan, an opinion piece by Pete du Pont, is in the January 28, 1999,
issue of IntellectualCapital.com and is followed by a special moderated discussion
(2/1/99) The Milliman & Robertson report entitled "HMO
Managed Workers' Compensation Strategies and Products" is available.
(2/1/99) The National Center for Policy Analysis has posted two recent policy reports: