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Public Pension Plans

The Miracle of Funding by State and Local Pension Plans

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This brief examines three aspects of the funding of state and local pension plans — the regulatory environment under which they operate, their costs and funding requirements, and their current funding status.

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What Do We Know About the Universe of State and Local Plans?

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This brief describes the population of public pension plans, reports on the investment performance of different types of public plans, and compares the investment performance of public and private plans.

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State and Local Government Retiree Benefits: Current Funded Status of Pension and Health Benefits

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The GAO was asked to examine: 1) the key measures of the funded status of retiree benefits and 2) the current funded status of retiree benefits. GAO analyzed data on public pensions, reviewed current literature, and interviewed a range of experts on public retiree benefits, actuarial science, and accounting.

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Why Have Some States Introduced Defined Contribution Plans?

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Although defined benefit plans dominate the state and local sector, in the last decade twelve states have introduced some form of defined contribution plan.

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