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Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)

Last Updated March 19, 2009

Definition

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is a government organization charged with the responsibility of protecting the retirement incomes of participants in private-sector defined benefit pension plans.

PBGC was created by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to encourage the continuation and maintenance of  private-sector defined benefit pension plans, provide timely and uninterrupted payment of pension benefits, and keep pension insurance premiums at a minimum.

Referring Cite

http://www.pbgc.gov

Additional Helpful Information

  • PBGC is funded from a insurance premiums that it collects from employers that sponsor insured pension plans, earnings money from investments and receives funds from pension plans it takes over.
  • PBGC is headed by a Director who reports to a Board of Directors consisting of the Secretaries of Labor, Commerce and Treasury, with the Secretary of Labor as Chairman.