DOL Request for Proposals (pensions, health benefits)

06/02/97

Announcement of Solicitation No. SP-97-015

The Office of Policy and Research of the Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Labor solicits proposals for policy relevant projects costing $25,000 or less concerning private pensions and employer-provided health benefits, with priority to innovative, timely projects of $10,000 or less. All proposals for work related to employee benefits issues and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) will be considered. Priority will be given to work with immediate policy relevance to the Department of Labor's responsibilities under Title I of ERISA.

Topic areas of particular interest are:

1. Current trends in employer-sponsored retirement plan coverage, design features, finances, administration, and regulation, and their implications for retirement patterns and future retirement plan benefit receipt.

2. Current trends in employer-sponsored health plan coverage, design features, finances, administration, and regulation, and their implications for the affordability, accessibility, and quality of employees' health care.

3. The determinants and dynamics of retirement-savings related decisions, including employer sponsorship of plans and individual savings, and the effects of tax incentives, elective payroll deductions, employer matching payments, and other factors.

4. The implications of future long-term economic and demographic trends for employer-sponsored retirement and health benefit plan design features, finances, administration, and regulation, and their implications for future plan coverage and benefits.

5. Economic effects of proposed pension and health benefits legislation. Policy options for extending and improving the quality of employer-sponsored retirement and health benefit plans.

In addition, priority will be given to studies using the Form 5500 data, the Health and Retirement Study, the April 1993 Supplement to the Current Population Survey, or the September 1994 Supplement to the Current Population Survey.

Proposals will be reviewed for award at regular intervals throughout the fiscal year until funds have been expended. Proposals received after September 1, 1997 will not be considered under this request for proposals.

Requests for the Solicitation for Proposals (SP-97-015) should be mailed to:

RFQ
Office of Policy and  Research
Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Room N5718
Washington, DC  20210

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