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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 participants.

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.

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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.
  • Late-breaking news items from the weekly publication Business Insurance are posted every Friday before the Monday issue date.
  • Click 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.
  • Click here for the daily edition of the Society for Human Resource Management's newspaper, HR News Online.
  • Click here for the American Compensation Association's Compensation & Benefits NEWSLINE.

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(2/26/99) The Social Security Network has added Political Cartoons to its site.

(2/25/99) The 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?"

(2/19/99) Cut Taxes or Increase National Saving? by Michael Calabrese is available on Intellectual Capital.com.

(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.

(2/18/99) Learning 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.

(2/8/99) Click here for the Health Snapshot of America's Families from the 1997 National Survey of America's Families from The Urban Institute.

(2/8/99) Click 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 Administration’s 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 and proposed regulations on the COBRA continuation of health coverage requirements. Both are published in the February 3, 1999, Federal Register.

(2/1/99) The fiscal year 2000 federal budget publications and the 1999 Economic Report of the President have been posted.

(2/1/99) Clinton's 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 section.

(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:

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