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2009 Annual Report

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IV. Financial Statements and Notes

Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) - Cont.

13. Employee Benefits

Pension Benefits and Savings Plans
Eligible FDIC employees (permanent and term employees with appointments exceeding one year) are covered by the federal government retirement plans, either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Although the DIF contributes a portion of pension benefits for eligible employees, it does not account for the assets of either retirement system. The DIF also does not have actuarial data for accumulated plan benefits or the unfunded liability relative to eligible employees. These amounts are reported on and accounted for by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Eligible FDIC employees also may participate in a FDIC-sponsored tax-deferred 401(k) savings plan with matching contributions up to five percent. Under the Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the FDIC provides FERS employees with an automatic contribution of 1 percent of pay and an additional matching contribution up to 4 percent of pay. CSRS employees also can contribute to the TSP. However, CSRS employees do not receive agency matching contributions.

Pension Benefits and Savings Plans Expenses for the Years Ended December 31
Dollars in Thousands
  2009 2008
Civil Service Retirement System $ 6,401 $ 6,204
Federal Employees Retirement System (Basic Benefit) 56,451 44,073
FDIC Savings Plan 25,449 21,786
Federal Thrift Savings Plan 20,503 16,659
Total $ 108,804 $ 88,722

Postretirement Benefits Other Than Pensions
The DIF has no postretirement health insurance liability, since all eligible retirees are covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program. FEHB is administered and accounted for by the OPM. In addition, OPM pays the employer share of the retiree's health insurance premiums.

The FDIC provides certain life and dental insurance coverage for its eligible retirees, the retirees' beneficiaries, and covered dependents. Retirees eligible for life and dental insurance coverage are those who have qualified due to: 1) immediate enrollment upon appointment or five years of participation in the plan and 2) eligibility for an immediate annuity. The life insurance program provides basic coverage at no cost to retirees and allows converting optional coverages to direct-pay plans. For the dental coverage, retirees are responsible for a portion of the dental premium.

The FDIC has elected not to fund the postretirement life and dental benefit liabilities. As a result, the DIF recognized the underfunded status (difference between the accumulated postretirement benefit obligation and the plan assets at fair value) as a liability. Since there are no plan assets, the plan's benefit liability is equal to the accumulated postretirement benefit obligation. At December 31, 2009 and 2008, the liability was $145.0 million and $114.1 million, respectively, which is recognized in the "Postretirement benefit liability" line item on the Balance Sheet. The cumulative actuarial gains/losses (changes in assumptions and plan experience) and prior service costs/credits (changes to plan provisions that increase or decrease benefits) were ($2.6) million and $25.0 million at December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. These amounts are reported as accumulated other comprehensive income in the "Unrealized postretirement benefit (loss) gain" line item on the Balance Sheet.

The DIF's expenses for postretirement benefits for 2009 and 2008 were $7.7 million each year, which are included in the current and prior year's operating expenses on the Statement of Income and Fund Balance. The changes in the actuarial gains/losses and prior service costs/credits for 2009 and 2008 of ($27.6) million and $5.3 million, respectively, are reported as other comprehensive income in the "Unrealized postretirement benefit (loss) gain" line item. Key actuarial assumptions used in the accounting for the plan include the discount rate of 5.25 percent, the rate of compensation increase of 4.10 percent, and the dental coverage trend rate of 7.0 percent. The discount rate of 5.25 percent is based upon rates of return on high-quality fixed income investments whose cash flows match the timing and amount of expected benefit payments.

Last Updated 07/16/2010

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