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Note 6. Retirement Plans and Other Employee Benefits

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The CFTC imputes costs and the related financing sources for its share of retirement benefits accruing to its past and present employees that are in excess of the amount of contributions from the CFTC and its employees, which are mandated by law. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which administers federal civilian retirement programs, provides the cost information to the CFTC. The CFTC recognizes the full cost of providing future pension and Other Retirement Benefits (ORB) for current employees as required by Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards (SFFAS) No. 5, “Accounting for Liabilities of the Federal Government”.

Full costs include pension and ORB contributions paid out of the CFTC’s appropriations and costs financed by OPM. The amount financed by OPM is recognized as an imputed financing source. This amount was $7,811,728 for the year ended September 30, 2010 and $5,415,370 for the year ended September 30, 2009. Reporting amounts such as plan assets, accumulated plan benefits, or unfunded liabilities, if any, is the responsibility of OPM.

Liabilities for future pension payments and other future payments for retired employees who participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program are reported by OPM rather than CFTC.


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