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What's new at EBRI this month:
The Hurdles to Privatizing Social Security: EBRI's
November 1998 Issue Brief examines "Individual Social Security Accounts: Issues in
Assessing Administrative Feasibility and Costs." The analysis -- the first of its
kind -- provides specific information about how and why individual investment accounts
would require fundamental changes in the way the existing Social Security system is
operated, how those changes would affect employer administrative complexity and cost, and
how long it might take to implement a new system due to the diversity of the U.S.
Consumer Health Education Council (CHEC): The Employee Benefit
Research Institute Education and Research Fund has posted the Strategic Plan of CHEC.
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.
here for the latest News Online compiled weekly by the staff of Pensions &
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.
here for the daily edition of the Society for Human Resource Management's newspaper, HR
- The following item has been added to the General Accounting Office's Web site in
Portable Document (PDF) format:
If a title link above no longer works, click
here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY98, 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.
(11/30/98) A study released by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau, Gender
and Aging: Mortality and Health, (IB/98-2), is the second in a series of four
international profiles focusing on gender and aging.
Revised Supplement, "Q & A: Recent Changes in Health Care Law" includes
additional questions and answers under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability
Act (HIPAA), replacements to the chapters on the Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA) and the
Newborns and Mothers Health Protection Act (the Newborns Act), and
questions and answers on the recently enacted Womens Health and Cancer Rights Act of
1998 (Womens Health Act).
(11/23/98) Plan Sponsor's second annual Defined Contribution
Services Survey is available online: Options
Shine-Technology Disappoints: Vendors' Internet Capabilities in Particular Need Work.
(11/20/98) Information on 1997
National Health Expenditures is available on the Web site of the Health Care Financing
here for an overview of the survey results of 401(k) Plan Sponsorship Growth
1994-1998 online at the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America's Web site.
here to read the November 17, 1998, letter to the Honorable Bob Livingston (R-La.)
from The Concord Coalition Co-Chairs Sam Nunn and Warren Rudman on Livingston's pledge
that as Speaker of the House he will introduce a bill to make sure we "no longer use
Social Security proceeds to mask the budget deficit."
(11/17/98) The Investment Company Institute, the national
association of the investment company industry, provides a Web site on Mutual
Fund Fees and Expenses.
(11/13/98) According to a
post-election survey released by the Health Insurance Association of America (HIAA),
the Congressional election results contain no mandate for so-called "patient
(11/12/98) Results from the 1998 Womens Retirement
Confidence Survey (WRCS) have been posted by the American Savings Education Council:
(11/9/98) The Commonwealth Fund has posted Highlights
of the 1998 Multinational Comparisons of Health Care and the 1998
Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey - Chart Pack.
(11/7/98) PBGC's Small
Business Guide summarizes all employer administrative responsibilities under the
pension insurance program.
Aging Baby Boom: Implications for Employment and Training Programs by Stacy Poulos
and Demetra Smith Nightingale is available on the Urban Institute site.
(11/5/98) Aon Consulting presents HRCompDepot,
a human resource tools Web site.
(11/4/98) Milliman & Robertson provides a Quick
Reference Card: Pension Limits and Thresholds for 1995 ¾
(11/4/98) The White House released a report, Women
and Retirement Security, prepared by the National Economic Council Interagency
Working Group on Social Security.
here for a paper from the Pension Research Council: Social Security Money's Worth.
National Women's Forum on Retirement Education, a new program to help women overcome
the gender gap in retirement saving, will begin on November 12, 6-8 p.m. with a special
event at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Click here for the
(11/2/98) The IRS has released Notice
98-52 which provides guidance on the design-based alternative or "safe
harbor" methods in section 401(k)(12) and section 401(m)(11) of the Internal Revenue
Code for satisfying the section 401(k) and section 401(m) nondiscrimination tests.