2018-00348. Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans; Interest Assumptions for Paying Benefits  

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    AGENCY:

    Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    This final rule amends the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's regulation on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans to prescribe interest assumptions under the regulation for valuation dates in February 2018. The interest assumptions are used for paying benefits under terminating single-employer plans covered by the pension insurance system administered by PBGC.

    DATES:

    Effective February 1, 2018.

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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Daniel S. Liebman (liebman.daniel@pbgc.gov), Acting Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-Start Printed Page 1554326-4400 ext. 6510. (TTY/ASCII users may call the Federal relay service toll-free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to 202-326-4400, ext. 6510.)

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    PBGC's regulation on Benefits Payable in Terminated Single-Employer Plans (29 CFR part 4022) prescribes actuarial assumptions—including interest assumptions—for paying plan benefits under terminated single-employer plans covered by title IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The interest assumptions in the regulation are also published on PBGC's website (http://www.pbgc.gov).

    PBGC uses the interest assumptions in appendix B to part 4022 to determine whether a benefit is payable as a lump sum and to determine the amount to pay. Appendix C to part 4022 contains interest assumptions for private-sector pension practitioners to refer to if they wish to use lump-sum interest rates determined using PBGC's historical methodology. Currently, the rates in appendices B and C of the benefit payment regulation are the same.

    The interest assumptions are intended to reflect current conditions in the financial and annuity markets. Assumptions under the benefit payments regulation are updated monthly. This final rule updates the benefit payments interest assumptions for February 2018.[1]

    The February 2018 interest assumptions under the benefit payments regulation will be 0.75 percent for the period during which a benefit is in pay status and 4.00 percent during any years preceding the benefit's placement in pay status. In comparison with the interest assumptions in effect for January 2018, these assumptions are unchanged.

    PBGC has determined that notice and public comment on this amendment are impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This finding is based on the need to determine and issue new interest assumptions promptly so that the assumptions can reflect current market conditions as accurately as possible.

    Because of the need to provide immediate guidance for the payment of benefits under plans with valuation dates during February 2018, PBGC finds that good cause exists for making the assumptions set forth in this amendment effective less than 30 days after publication.

    PBGC has determined that this action is not a “significant regulatory action” under the criteria set forth in Executive Order 12866.

    Because no general notice of proposed rulemaking is required for this amendment, the Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 does not apply. See 5 U.S.C. 601(2).

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    List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 4022

    • Employee benefit plans
    • Pension insurance
    • Pensions
    • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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    In consideration of the foregoing, 29 CFR part 4022 is amended as follows:

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    PART 4022—BENEFITS PAYABLE IN TERMINATED SINGLE-EMPLOYER PLANS

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    1. The authority citation for part 4022 continues to read as follows:

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    Authority: 29 U.S.C. 1302, 1322, 1322b, 1341(c)(3)(D), and 1344.

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    2. In appendix B to part 4022, Rate Set 292 is added at the end of the table to read as follows:

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    Appendix B to Part 4022—Lump Sum Interest Rates for PBGC Payments

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    Rate setFor plans with a valuation dateImmediate annuity rate (percent)Deferred annuities (percent)
    On or afterBeforei 1i 2i 3n 1n 2
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    2922-1-183-1-180.754.004.004.0078
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    3. In appendix C to part 4022, Rate Set 292 is added at the end of the table to read as follows:

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    Appendix C to Part 4022—Lump Sum Interest Rates for Private-Sector Payments

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    Rate setFor plans with a valuation dateImmediate annuity rate (percent)Deferred annuities (percent)
    On or afterBeforei 1i 2i 3n 1n 2
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    2922-1-183-1-180.754.004.004.0078
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    Issued in Washington, DC.

    Daniel S. Liebman,

    Acting Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

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    Footnotes

    1.  Appendix B to PBGC's regulation on Allocation of Assets in Single-Employer Plans (29 CFR part 4044) prescribes interest assumptions for valuing benefits under terminating covered single-employer plans for purposes of allocation of assets under ERISA section 4044. Those assumptions are updated quarterly.

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    [FR Doc. 2018-00348 Filed 1-11-18; 8:45 am]

    BILLING CODE 7709-02-P

Document Information

Effective Date:
2/1/2018
Published:
01/12/2018
Department:
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
EntryType:
Rule
Action:
Final rule.
Document Number:
2018-00348
Dates:
Effective February 1, 2018.
Pages:
1553-1555 (3 pages)
SectionNoes:
Topics:
Employee benefit plans, Pension insurance, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
PDF File:
2018-00348.pdf
CFR: (1)
29 CFR 4022