The PBGC today reported a $3.64 billion deficit its biggest ever for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2002. The agencys loss is an $11.37 billion swing from the $7.73 billion surplus it reported a year earlier.
Agency officials blamed most of the deficit on the rising number of pension plans it has taken over and reserve assets for plans it expects to take over in coming months, at a total cost of $9.31 billion. The PBGC has also lost $1.89 billion on its equity investments.
Steve A. Kandarian, executive director, said the Bush administration is examining several proposals to strengthen the agencys financial condition, including overhauling its investments.