Resources

Depending on the provider, use the links below to be sure you’ll have a Pension when it’s time for your retirement.

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Related Resources

In addition to the resources that are available through conducting a search, there are many pension counseling projects, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, legal service providers available to help individuals who have questions about their pension plans.

Pension Counseling and Information Projects

Government Agencies

Referral Services


Pension Counseling and Information Projects

The U.S. Administration on Aging Pension Counseling and Information Program currently serves 29 states. Free legal assistance is available to individuals experiencing a problem with their pension, profit sharing or retirement savings plans.

Contact one of the pension counseling projects below if you, your company, or your pension plan are located within a project’s service area. Assistance is provided free of charge. At this time, the pension counseling projects serve 29 states. 

 

MID-AMERICA PENSION RIGHTS PROJECT

Mid-America Pension Rights Project Michigan Pension Rights Office 
Serving Indiana, Michigan, and Tennessee 
Toll Free: (866) 735-7737
Ohio Pension Rights Office Ohio Pension Rights Office
Serving Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania 
Toll Free: (866) 735-7737

 

MID-ATLANTIC PENSION COUNSELING PROJECT

New York Pension Rights Office New York Pension Rights Office
Serving New Jersey and New York 
Toll Free: (800) 355-7714
Local: (718) 237-5500

 

NEW ENGLAND PENSION ASSISTANCE PROJECT

New England Pension Rights Office New England Pension Assistance Project
Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont
Local: (617) 287-7307
Toll Free: (888) 425-6067

 

SOUTH CENTRAL PENSION RIGHTS PROJECT

Texas Pension Rights Office Texas Pension Rights Office
Serving Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas 
Toll Free (800) 443-2528

 

UPPER MIDWEST PENSION RIGHTS PROJECT

Minnesota Pension Rights Office Minnesota Pension Rights Office 
Serving Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin Toll Free: (866) 783-5021
Iowa Pension Rights Office Iowa Pension Rights Office
Serving Iowa
Toll Free: (800) 992-8161
Local: (515) 282-8161

 

WESTERN STATES PENSION ASSISTANCE PROJECT

California Pension Rights Office California Pension Rights Office 
Serving Arizona, California, Nevada, and Hawaii
Toll Free: (866) 413-4911
Local: (916) 930-4911

 


Government Agencies

The government agencies listed below may provide assistance to individuals who have questions about their pension or other retirement savings plan. The agencies are organized by the types of pensions that they deal with.  Additional assistance may also be available through one of the Administration on Aging’s Pension Counseling Projects. We can also link you to a pension lawyer or actuary referral service.

PRIVATE COMPANY AND UNION PENSIONS

U.S. Department of Labor

Employee Benefits Security Administration
Inquiries: (866) 444-EBSA (3272)
Publications: (800) 998-7542
Electronic Inquiries

Internal Revenue Service
Employee Plans Help-line: (877) 829-5500
IRS Retirement Plan Technical Assistance

Email: RetirementPlanQuestions@irs.gov
IRS responds via telephone so include your number

PBGC

 

Terminated Plans & “Lost” Participants

U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
(800) 400-7242;
(202) 326-4100
Pension Search Directory
Publications

RAILROAD RETIREMENT PENSIONS

Railroad Retirement Board
Info & Field Office Locator: (800) 808-0772

Social Security Administration
(800) 772-1213

FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS

The following contacts can assist individuals who are participants in the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS), Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).

U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Retirement: (888) 767-6738; (202) 606-0500
Thrift Savings (automated): (504) 255-8777

MILITARY & VETERANS PENSIONS

Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Retired and Annuitant Pay
(800) 321-1080

Department of Veterans Affairs

Central Office
(202) 273-5400

Social Security Administration

(800) 772-1213

 


Referral Services

If you have a pension problem and have been unable to find help through a pension counseling project or government agency, you may want to contact a lawyer or actuary. The National Pension Lawyer Network is a no-cost referral service specifically designed to help individuals find professionals to assist them with questions about their retirement plans.  Learn more below.

National Pension Lawyer Network (NPLN) 

The National Pension Lawyer Network is a nationwide referral service administered by the Pension Action Center of the University of Massachusetts Boston to provide assistance to workers, retirees, and their families in pension and other retirement plan matters on a regular-fee, reduced-fee, and pro bono (no fee) basis.

Request Help from NPLN
(617) 287-7324 npln@umb.edu