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Featured GRS Resources

GRS News Scan: February 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Selected Headlines

  • GASB Statement No. 84 Provides Fiduciary Activity Guidance for Governmental Entities
  • SOA's Retirement Plans Experience Committee Mortality Study Update
  • NASRA Releases Public Fund Survey Findings for FY 2015

GRS Perspectives: Social Security: Will It Be There for You?

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Social Security program covers virtually all private sector employees and about 75% of public sector employees. As such, it is an important part of retirement planning for almost all Americans. This article provides background information related to Social Security. It also covers:

  • how Social Security benefits are calculated;
  • how Social Security benefits are funded and the current funding status of the Old Age and Survivors Insurance Fund (OASI) and the Disability Insurance Fund (DI) (often referred to as "OASDI");
  • potential changes to OASDI to address solvency issues.

GRS News Scan: January 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Selected Headlines

  • NCPERS Releases 2016 Public Retirement Systems Study
  • CRR Releases Issue Brief on State and Local Government Pension Reforms
  • Michigan Governor Signs Legislation Related to Summary Annual Reports for State Employees' Retirement Systems
  • Groom Law Group Releases Issue Brief on the Proposed New IRS Mortality Table

GRS Insight Newsletter: January 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

In this issue:

  • Washington Update: 2017- A New Administration
  • Treasury/IRS Issue Proposed Mortality Table Regulation
  • Updated IRS Plan Correction Program
  • Outlook for HRAs in the New Administration
  • Mental Health Parity Update

GRS Perspectives: Designing an Adaptive Funding Policy

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A funding policy for a pension plan is a systematic set of procedures used to determine the annual contributions to be made by the employer(s) in a specific year or series of years. After reading this article, you will be positioned to lead the discussion of:

  • What is a funding policy?
  • What are the core elements of a funding policy?
  • Why is a funding policy important?
  • What steps are needed to develop a funding policy?
  • What events and timeframes should trigger a review of the existing funding policy?
  • What pension risks should be identified and monitored?

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