Craig Hoffman

Craig Hoffman

Craig Hoffman

By Andrew Remo, Craig Hoffman12/4/2015 • 0 Comments

Congress has passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, which is expected to be signed into law Dec. 4 by President Obama — and which, thanks to ASPPA GAC input, includes a vital change for Form 5500 filers. READ MORE

Andrew Remo

Andrew Remo

By Andrew Remo6/23/2017 • 0 Comments

While most respondents to a new survey think eliminating or reducing pre-tax contributions to retirement savings plans is a bad idea, most would definitely or probably still offer them if current pre-tax limits were lowered. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo4/24/2017 • 0 Comments

The Beaver State took another step forward this week to implement the “OregonSaves” program, as the Oregon Retirement Savings Board approved the final rules that will govern the operation of the program. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo3/30/2017 • 0 Comments

The U.S. Senate has passed a Congressional Review Act resolution that would block the Obama-era DOL rule that defined the terms under which cities and counties could create IRA plans that automatically enroll private-sector workers whose employers do not offer a retirement plan. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo2/10/2017 • 0 Comments

The Oregon State Treasury has put forth a proposal in support of its state-run plan for private-sector workers who don’t have a plan at work — that could affect private-sector 401(k) plans. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/30/2016 • 0 Comments

Another state-run retirement program for the private sector is now on the books. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/28/2016 • 0 Comments

The legislative package that cleared the Senate Finance Committee unanimously in late September included provisions intended to encourage the use of lifetime income products, including a late addition that could turn out to be the most significant. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/22/2016 • 0 Comments

The Senate Finance Committee has cleared two pieces of retirement legislation that are now pending before the full Senate, including one that includes a new brand of multiple employer plan (MEP) for the private sector. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/19/2016 • 0 Comments

The Senate Finance Committee announced Sept. 19 that it will meet on Sept. 21 to consider two retirement policy bills — but the real story might be what’s not in those proposals. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo8/26/2016 • 0 Comments

Four years after enactment of the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings and Trust Act (S.B. 1234), the California Assembly passed legislation Aug. 25 approving the program’s implementation beginning Jan. 1, 2017. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo7/26/2016 • 0 Comments

The Democrats have laid out their party platform — and when it comes to retirement issues, they plan to do a lot of fighting. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo7/13/2016 • 0 Comments

Republicans in the House of Representatives recently finalized the last plank of their policy agenda, with the release of their comprehensive tax reform blueprint. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo6/24/2016 • 0 Comments

A recent forum examined the current status of the Oregon Retirement Security Program and the issues surrounding the creation and implementation of other state sponsored retirement plans for the private workforce. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo6/22/2016 • 0 Comments

The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on June 15 to examine ways to leverage prizes and technology to influence savings behavior. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo6/17/2016 • 0 Comments

On Tuesday, June 14, the leaders of the American Retirement Association and its sister organizations stormed Capitol Hill to meet with key staff and get a fresh perspective on the congressional legislative and policy agenda for the year. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo6/14/2016 • 0 Comments

Last week, House Republicans released the first of six documents detailing their policy agenda, a portion of which included recommendations to “build retirement security through the private retirement system.” READ MORE

By Andrew Remo5/25/2016 • 0 Comments

Republicans in Congress continued their campaign to kill the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule — and managed to pull three Senate Democrats over to their side. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo4/1/2016 • 0 Comments

Despite some persistent rumors and underhanded marketing to the contrary, the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act provides that employers that already have a retirement plan are excluded from the law. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo3/11/2016 • 0 Comments

The Connecticut Retirement Security Board has introduced legislation that creates a state-run plan for the private sector and would force employers that already have retirement plans in place to enroll workers who do not have to be covered under ERISA in the state-run program. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo2/10/2016 • 0 Comments

The Obama administration’s final budget wasn’t a complete retread of its prior retirement plan proposals, but there wasn’t much good news for employer-sponsored retirement plans. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo2/9/2016 • 0 Comments

Though specific policy details remain elusive on many key issues in the 2016 presidential campaign, the tax reform proposal of a leading candidate could undermine the 401(k). READ MORE

By Andrew Remo1/28/2016 • 0 Comments

Current retirement savings policies continue to be under the wonk microscope in Washington D.C., and was the primary subject of an event at the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress last week. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo1/22/2016 • 0 Comments

Economists and retirement policy wonks gathered at a Washington D.C. think tank Jan. 20 for a presentation and discussion about the distribution of retirement benefits. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo1/7/2016 • 0 Comments

The Nutmeg State has taken another step toward the creation of a state-run retirement program for private sector workers with the release of a lengthy report detailing the potential elements of such a program. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo, Craig Hoffman12/4/2015 • 0 Comments

Congress has passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, which is expected to be signed into law Dec. 4 by President Obama — and which, thanks to ASPPA GAC input, includes a vital change for Form 5500 filers. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo11/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The Financial Services Roundtable recently hosted an event on Capitol Hill that amounted to a retirement counseling session for Millennials working in Congress. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo11/6/2015 • 0 Comments

The Windy City played host in the first week of November to a gathering focused on developing ideas to address America’s retirement savings challenge — but government-run solutions dominated the conversation. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo10/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The sweeping two-year budget package that is swiftly moving through Congress this week collects over $8.1 billion in revenue from America’s defined benefit plans, largely from increases in premium payments to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). READ MORE

By Andrew Remo10/29/2015 • 0 Comments

Discussing alternatives to encourage small businesses to offer retirement plans, a Senate subcommittee found consensus around a specific solution. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo10/9/2015 • 0 Comments

While many in the retirement industry are solely focused on the impending fiduciary rule, the Department of Labor is proceeding on another potentially far-reaching regulatory project at the direction of President Obama. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/18/2015 • 0 Comments

The Labor Department hearings may be over, but a House committee plans to hold a hearing of its own on the fiduciary rule reproposal and its impact on younger savers. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/11/2015 • 0 Comments

We’re months away from December, but it felt like a fiduciary rule Festivus on Capitol Hill Sept. 10 as members of Congress aired their grievances about the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed extension authority to regulate assets contained in retirement accounts. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/4/2015 • 0 Comments

Congress returns from its summer break next week, and House Republicans are wasting no time reengaging in oversight of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule re-proposal. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo8/14/2015 • 0 Comments

At times during Day Four of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) public hearing on its fiduciary rule, it felt as if everything that needs to be said has already been; however, some new topics were discussed in the final day of testimony. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo8/13/2015 • 0 Comments

Marcy Supovitz, President-Elect of the American Retirement Association, testified at the public hearing on the Department of Labor’s reproposed fiduciary rule Aug. 12. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo8/13/2015 • 0 Comments

The second day of public hearings on the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule reproposal was highlighted by a debate over the economic impact that the rule will have on the financial services industry. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo8/11/2015 • 0 Comments

The first day of the Department of Labor’s public hearing on its re-proposed fiduciary rule Aug. 10 veered from the informative to the absurd as the department’s rule makers heard from a broad array of stakeholders on the complex subject. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo7/20/2015 • 0 Comments

Now governments of individual cities are getting into the push to create government-sponsored retirement plans to address the retirement plan coverage gap, with the largest U.S. city at the tip of the spear. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo3/26/2015 • 0 Comments

The Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Labor are both working on fiduciary issues — but their different approaches appear to be on different schedules. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo3/19/2015 • 0 Comments

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez used his first appearances before the 114th Congress to deliver a full-throated defense of the DOL’s controversial effort to expand the fiduciary standard of care to financial service providers under the jurisdiction of the department.

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By Andrew Remo3/3/2015 • 0 Comments

Legislation that would require Maryland employers to adopt payroll deduction savings plans for their employees got a full bicameral at a recent hearing in the Maryland General Assembly.
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By Andrew Remo2/12/2015 • 0 Comments

Legislation just introduced in the Oregon State Senate brings the Beaver State a step closer to establishing a state-run retirement savings program.
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By Andrew Remo2/4/2015 • 0 Comments

President Obama’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2016 contains proposals that would change the tax treatment of IRAs and qualified retirement plans.

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By Andrew Remo1/26/2015 • 0 Comments

New Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has staked out his plans, and the committee’s agenda, for dealing with pension reform.
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By Andrew Remo1/16/2015 • 0 Comments

With President Obama poised to deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, a powerful coalition of retirement, union and so-called consumer protection groups has again interjected itself into the debate over retirement plans.
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By Andrew Remo1/14/2015 • 0 Comments

House Budget Committee ranking member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md) unveiled a set of tax proposals Jan. 12 that are said to be designed, at least in part, to redistribute current tax breaks for the wealthy to middle-class workers.

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By Andrew Remo12/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) signature piece of retirement legislation, the USA Retirement Funds Act, has found a champion to carry it into the next Congress.
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By Andrew Remo12/23/2014 • 0 Comments

While finalizing many of the details of the MyRA program, Treasury and the Department of Labor (DOL) may have unearthed some serious new questions. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo12/22/2014 • 0 Comments

Largely overlooked in the flurry of lame duck activity by Congress is a bill that creates a new kind of savings account for those with disabilities.
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By Andrew Remo12/18/2014 • 0 Comments

With just days to go before the end of the 113th Congress, two senior members of the House Ways & Means Committee have introduced a bipartisan comprehensive retirement bill. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo12/11/2014 • 0 Comments

Legislation working its way through Congress designed to avoid a government shutdown also contains some pension plan provisions. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo12/3/2014 • 0 Comments

More than a dozen states are at various stages of considering some kind of "automatic IRA" proposal, but the Land of Lincoln may have just leapt to the front of the line. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo11/5/2014 • 0 Comments

ASPPA, NAPA and NTSA submitted a joint letter Nov. 3 to the Connecticut Retirement Security Board (CRSB) in response to the board’s request for public comment in order to help the CSRB develop and implement a state-run plan for employees of private employers. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/29/2014 • 0 Comments

Lobbying groups representing minority investment fund managers, backed by key Democratic members of Congress, recently met with key administration officials to press the case for doing business with minority and women-owned firms.
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By Andrew Remo9/22/2014 • 0 Comments

Three key players in the formulation and design of the auto-IRA concept came together at a Sept. 17 policy forum in Washington, D.C. to offer perspective and an assessment of the road ahead.

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By Andrew Remo9/2/2014 • 0 Comments

Its authors may not have led with that title, but a recent paper calls for wholesale changes to the way Americans currently save for retirement, including suspending all defined contribution savings arrangements. One is inclined to give the authors credit for coming up with a new alternative, but the reality is that their proposal is a cobbled-together mish-mash of ideas that have been tried before. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo8/27/2014 • 0 Comments

A new academic paper, unveiled at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Retirement Research Consortium held Aug. 7-8, concludes that the net benefits of Social Security combined with the tax benefits for retirement savings are larger as a share of income for lower-earning workers than for higher-earning workers. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo8/14/2014 • 0 Comments

The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), the congressional scorekeeper of tax legislation, on Aug. 5 issued its latest estimates of the increasing costs of the tax incentives for retirement savings. The numbers are eye-popping. 

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By Andrew Remo7/23/2014 • 0 Comments

Congress is expected to wrap up its business for the summer in the next two weeks as members continue to work through an extremely limited set of issues in which the two parties can find common ground in this election year.  READ MORE

By Andrew Remo6/2/2014 • 0 Comments

The political dynamic at play between the House of Representatives and the Senate regarding the annual federal spending bills also applies to taxes, as Congress considers tax legislation that includes provisions impacting IRAs and multi-employer pension plans.  READ MORE

By Andrew Remo5/22/2014 • 0 Comments

The Joint Economic Committee, a bicameral congressional committee charged with studying matters relating to the United States economy, held a hearing May 21 that examined the unique issues that women face in retirement. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), vice-chair of the committee, convened the hearing to follow up on a report the committee issued in April which concluded that due to lower lifetime earnings, women age 65 and older collect $11,000 less in annual median income than men. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo5/14/2014 • 0 Comments

Lauding the federal Thrift Savings Plan as “one of the most efficient savings plans in America,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) urged that the DC plan for federal employees be made available to private workers nationwide. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo5/8/2014 • 0 Comments

The Connecticut legislature passed legislation May 8 that would establish a board to study, and then implement, a public retirement plan for private sector employers. The measure awaits the signature of Gov. Dannel Malloy (D).

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