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What's new at EBRI this month:
The American Savings Education Council has posted the following on its Web site
in connection with the 1999 Youth & Money Survey:
The EBRI Issue Brief
and EBRI Notes for the month of
April are available online for ordering. The April Issue
Brief is entitled " Prescription
Drugs: Issues of Cost, Coverage, and Quality." The April Notes article is
"Small Employer Survey on
Individual Social Security Account Administration."
EBRI Advisory: Statement
of Dallas Salisbury on President Clinton's USA Proposal
Policy Forum Book: Beyond
Ideology: Are Individual Social Security Accounts Feasible? contains the papers from
EBRI's December 2, 1998, policy forum.
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
- Click here for the daily edition of the
Society for Human Resource Management's newspaper, HR News Online.
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.,
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.
(4/30/99) The April
1999 issue of the Watson Wyatt Insider includes the following:
- IRS Issues Final and New Proposed COBRA Regulations
- Benefit Adequacy in the Age of 401(k)
- Social Security: The Talk of the Town
(4/30/99) The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities presents a brief analysis by
Robert Greenste>in titled: The
Archer-Shaw Social Security Proposal.
(4/29/99) House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Archer and Social Security
Subcommittee Chairman Clay Shaw announced on April 28 "The Social
Security Guarantee Plan."
(4/29/99) The April 26 issue of BusinessWeek carries a short article titled:
"Who's Minding the
Baby? The Company."
(4/29/99) EBRI is mentioned in the CNNfn Quicken.com article: Retirement Plans for Small Biz:
Retirement Plans are Valuable Recruiting Tools for Small Employers.
(4/29/99) Click here to play The
Social Security Game on the Web site of the American Academy of Actuaries.
(4/28/99 ABC News is running a story by Donna Murphy Weston of the Associated Press on
the Youth & Money Survey: Welcome
to the Real World: Survey Says Students Find It Hard to Save.
(4/28/99) Fox Market Wire is running a business news story on the Youth & Money
Students Agree It's Important to Save, But Only About Half Do.
(4/27/99) "Can You Have Too
Many 401(k) Choices?" is an article in the April 26, 1999, issue of Fortune.
(4/27/99) Currently posted on the Social Security Network site: "Taking Stock: A
March 19, 1999, Roundtable of Experts on Diversification of the Social Security Trust
Funds" (Edited Transcript &
photographs in PDF format).
(4/26/99) Click here
for an excerpt from an A.M. Best Co. special report, "Medicare HMOs Face Shrinking
Profit Margins" written by Manfred Nowacki, vice president; Richard Shaw, senior
financial analyst; and Kenneth Frino, senior financial analyst, in the life/health
division of A.M. Best Co.
(4/22/99) Click here to
go to the Plan Sponsor April 1999, Future Shock issue's index which includes links
to the following articles:
- "The Future Direction of Pension Provision in America" by Charles Ruffel
- "Rebuilding Benefits for the 21st Century" by Janet Aschkenasy
- "The Benefits Mix: If It's Broke, Fix It!" by Jerry Carnegie, Barbara Hogg,
Mike Johnston, Rob Reiskytl, and Allen Steinberg
- "Tomorrow's 401(k)" by Don Butt
- "Cash Balance: Best of Both Worlds?" by Lawrence J Sher
- "New Millennium's Nightmare: Outliving Assets" by Anna M. Rappaport
- "Rebuilding the "Three-Legged Stool"" by Elayne Robertson Demby
(4/21/99) Click here to view
Senate Finance Committee Chair William Roth's statement released April 14, 1999, on
President Clinton's USA accounts proposal .
(4/21/99) The Heritage Foundation and a coalition of other conservative groups have
posted "The Social Security Reform
(4/20/99) The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) provides the Mutual Fund Cost Calculator, "a new
Internet-based tool developed by the SEC that enables investors to easily compare fund
costs and assess their impact."
(4/19/99) The Economic Policy Institute presents The Pulse on
currently hosting a discussion of the
public's attitutes on the Social Security system.
(4/16/99) Information Renaissance in collaboration with Americans Discuss Social
Security is hosting from April 19 through June 4, 1999, a non-partisan electronic
discussion and debate on Social Security reform called the National Dialogue on Social
Security. Click here for more
(4/15/99) White House information on USA Accounts:
Details Retirement Accounts is the title of the Associated Press story on the New
York Times on the Web about the details of President Clinton's plan for personal
investment accounts (USA accounts) for retirement.
(4/13/99) Click here for Social Security and Poverty Among the
Elderly by Wendell Primus, Kathy Larin and Kathryn Porter from the Center on Budget
and Policy Priorities.
(4/12/99) Now available from the Census Bureau: Working Paper No. 32 -- Women's
Labor Force Attachment Patterns and Maternity Leave: A Review of the Literature.
(4/9/99) Towers Perrin analyzes the hot topic of cash balance pension plans in The Controversy Over Cash
(4/9/99) Catherwood Library at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell
University, has created a Web site that is a good starting point for research on labor
Unions and the Internet.
(4/8/99) The AFL-CIO has set up an
online section with information on Social Security basics and reform.
(4/7/99) The Heritage Foundation has posted a policy paper: The Wrong Social Security
Debate: It Is Not About Trust Funds by David C. John.
(4/1/99) The 1999 Social Security and Medicare Trustees reports have been released:
(4/1/99) The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) released its financial results
for 1998. Click here for the press release
which will lead you to the 1998 Annual Report.
(4/1/99) Two recent reports on Social Security reform from the Heritage Foundation:
Fund Costs: Up or Down? discusses stock-fund ownership costs.