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(2/26/97) Social Security Administration: Significant Challenges Await New Commissioner is the title of a February 20, 1997, General Accounting Office report.

If the title link above no longer works, click here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY97, and search for the report by entering words or phrases from the title.

(2/24/97) Link to The End of Social Security As We Know It?, on the MoJoWire, the Mother Jones Interactive Website.

(2/8/97) Assessing Social Security Reform Alternatives: A Report on EBRI's December 4, 1996, Policy Forum. This article, based on the December 4, 1996, EBRI-ERF Policy Forum, was written by EBRI Fellow Chris Conte.

(2/7/97) The entire range of FY 1998 Federal budget publications and the 1997 Economic Report of the President has been processed by GPO to create an online, searchable, Wide Area Information Server (WAIS) database.

(1/97) A new Watson Wyatt study, The Word Can Be Mightier than the Match, concludes that communications can play as great a role as the employer contribution match rate in boosting savings and participation in 401(k) plans. The study looked at the 401(k) plans of 15 U.S. firms which range in size from 700 to 10,000 employees.

(1/97) Social Security Programs Throughout the World - 1995 (in PDF Format)
The 1995 edition provides the basic provisions of social security legislation and administration in 165 countries, updated through January 1,1995. The report contains information on old-age, survivors, and disability insurance, sickness and maternity coverage, work injury provisions, unemployment compensation, and family allowances. Each section is further subdivided into: dates of basic laws, coverage, source of funds, contribution rates and ceilings, qualifying conditions, benefit amounts, and administrative organizations. A detailed introduction discussing concepts, practices, and terminology can be found in a separate file named "guide". Each country summary is a separate file.

(1/97) The 1994-1996 Advisory Council on Social Security has released the report on the Council's findings and recommendations on the OASDI program. Financial data on three reform proposals and actuarial estimates for various benefit and revenue options are available.

(1/97) The Boskin Report, titled "Toward A More Accurate Measure Of The Cost of Living," from the Advisory Commission to Study the Consumer Price Index.

(1/97) Briefing on the BLS reaction to the final report of the Advisory Commission to Study the Consumer Price Index.

(1/97) Private Health Insurance: Millions Relying on Individual Market Face Cost and Coverage Tradeoffs
The United States General Accounting Office report on the private individual health insurance market focuses on the: (1) size of the market and characteristics of its participants; (2) structure of the market, including how individuals access the market, the prices, other characteristics of health plans offered, and the number of individual carriers offering plans; and (3) insurance reforms and other measures states have taken to increase individuals' access to health insurance.
GAO Chapter Report, 11/25/96, GAO/HEHS-97-8

If the title link above no longer works, click here for the GAO Index of Reports and Testimony, FY97, and search for the report by entering words or phrases from the title.

(1/97) Join Dallas L. Salisbury, President, Employee Benefit Research Institute, and Paul Yakoboski, Research Associate, Employee Benefit Research Institute, on Policy.com's Social Security Interactive Forum.

Last updated 2/26/97

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