The Government Accountability Office determined that there are 130 reports and disclosures relating to private-sector pension plans but the agencies in charge of these disclosures don't do a good enough job helping plan sponsors figure out which reports they need to turn in or providing up-to-date resources to help them with this task.

The GAO tackled this topic because the private sector pension system in the U.S. represents trillions of dollars in assets and is a key source of financial security for millions of Americans. The agency examined the reports and disclosures pension plans are required to make to government agencies and plan participants and the ways these reports are inefficient or ineffective.

It found the plan sponsors' reports to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act agencies involve minimal duplication but the management of the data on one report raised concerns.

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