2012   Financial Report of the United States Government

Notes to the Financial Statements

Note 18. Insurance and Guarantee Program Liabilities

Insurance and Guarantee Program Liabilities as of September 30, 2012, and 2011
(In billions of dollars)
2012
2011
Insurance and Guarantee Program Liabilities:
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation—Benefit Pension Plans 105.6 93.0
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Funds 26.5 47.4
All other insurance and guarantee programs 24.3 21.3
Total insurance and guarantee program liabilities 156.4 161.7

PBGC insures pension benefits for participants in covered defined benefit pension plans. As a wholly-owned corporation of the U.S. Government, PBGC's financial activity and balances are included in the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. Government. However, under current law, PBGC's liabilities may be paid only from PBGC's assets and not from the General Fund of the Treasury or assets of the Government in general. As of September 30, 2012, and 2011, PBGC had total liabilities of $119.2 billion and $106.7 billion, and its total liabilities exceeded its total assets by $34.4 billion and $26.0 billion, respectively. In addition, as discussed in Note 22—Contingencies, PBGC reported reasonably possible contingent losses of about $321.8 billion and $250.2 billion as of September 30, 2012, and 2011, respectively. Of the total FDIC amount as of September 30, 2012, and 2011, $3.6 billion and $7.2 billion, respectively, represents the recorded contingent liability and loss provision for institutions insured by the Deposit Insurance Fund that are likely to fail. In addition, $21.2 billion and $31.5 billion pertain to liabilities due to resolutions of failed or failing institutions and to pending depositor claims as of September 30, 2012, and 2011 respectively. Another $1.7 billion and $8.2 billion as of September 30, 2012, and 2011 respectively, pertains to the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program, which guarantees certain newly issued debt and certain noninterest-bearing transaction accounts in an effort to counter the system-wide crisis in the nation's financial sector. The remaining amounts represent contingent liabilities for litigation.

Of the $24.3 billion and $21.3 billion under all other insurance and guarantee programs as of September 30, 2012, and 2011, respectively, $20.0 billion and $10.3 billion, respectively, pertain to the USDA's Federal Crop Insurance Program. The increase in the estimated indemnities is due to the most severe drought in the farm belt since 1988. The Federal Crop Insurance Program is administered by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, whose mission is to provide an actuarially sound risk management program to reduce agricultural producers' economic losses due to natural disasters. Also, $3.4 billion and $7.4 billion relates to the National Credit Union Administration's Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund as of September 30, 2012, and 2011, respectively. This Program guarantees the timely payment of principal and interest on certain unsecured debt of participating credit unions.


Last Updated:  February 27, 2013