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Social Security Disability Insurance: Participation and Spending

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Spending on Disability Insurance benefits grew more than ten-fold between 1970 and 2015 and nearly tripled as a share of GDP.  Even if spending is projected to be more modest in the coming years, under current law, spending would exceed income after 2018 and the Trust Fund would be exhausted in 2022.  This report lays out policy options for Congress.  From the Congressional Budget Office


2015 Survey of Public Pensions: State and Local Data

Categories: Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

Provides revenues, expenditures, financial assets, and membership information for about 300 state-administered, and 6,000 locally-administered defined benefit public pension systems.  From the Census Bureau


The Distribution of Household Income and Federal Taxes, 2013

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Taxes


Analyzes the distribution of household income and four types of federal taxes to determine average after-tax income and the average federal tax rate.  Also examines the uneven distribution of income across households.  Finds that tax increases reduced income inequality slightly.  From the Congressional Budget Office


Report on the Economic Well-Being of U. S. Households in 2015

Finds American families experiencing mild improvement but many struggling financially.  Covers overall well-being of households, income and savings behavior, economic preparedness, access to banking and credit, housing decisions, auto purchases and lending, education including student loans, and retirement planning.  From the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System


Retirement Security: Low Defined Contribution Savings May Pose Challenges

Categories: Financial Crisis/Markets,Income/Poverty,Retirement/Social Security

Reviews recent trends in defined contribution plan participation and account savings, how much households could save in such plans, and how key decisions by employers and individuals affect savings. From the Government Accountability Office


Annual Statistical Supplement [Social Security]

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Income/Poverty,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

Annual statistical compendium with more than 240 tables on Social Security and the Supplemental Security Income programs.  Also includes data on related social insurance and welfare programs.  From the Social Security Administration


Report to Congress: Implementation Plan for Modernizing the Military Retirement System

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Retirement/Social Security

Provides a short background on the current military retirement system and highlights of the new modernized system to be known as the Blended Retirement System, along with a legislative proposal to amend certain aspects of the new system.  Covers major changes including vesting eligibility and pay benefits.  From the Defense Department


Fact Sheet: Middle Class Economics: Strengthening Retirement Security by Cracking Down on Conflicts of Interest in Retirement Savings

Plain language explanation of the Conflict of Interest rule relating to retirement savings.  From the White House


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