This is where you’ll find our coverage and commentary on legislative proposals pending in Congress, along with regulatory issues that affect actuaries and the retirement industry as a whole.




By ASPPA Net Staff4/14/2017 • 0 Comments

President Trump has signed legislation that blocks the Obama-era DOL's safe harbor exempting states’ and municipalities’ auto-IRA programs from ERISA. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/10/2017 • 0 Comments

Bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would require 401(k) plan sponsors to inform participating workers of the projected monthly income they could expect at retirement has been reintroduced on Capitol Hill. READ MORE

By John Iekel4/7/2017 • 0 Comments

“I would encourage caution among policymakers when considering dramatic changes to retirement policy for tax policy purposes,” former Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) told a Senate committee on April 5. READ MORE

By John Iekel4/4/2017 • 0 Comments

There is a “dynamic policy-making situation just ahead,” Earl Pomeroy, senior counsel at Alston & Bird and a former member of the U.S. House, said at an April 3 session of the Enrolled Actuaries meeting in Washington, D.C. 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 Brian Graff3/30/2017 • 0 Comments

A close examination of the Tax Reform Blueprint issued in July 2016 by the Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is critical since it will be driving the tax reform process in 2017, at least initially. READ MORE

By Ray Harmon3/28/2017 • 0 Comments

More than 50 bills will be heard for the first time in the Illinois House Personnel and Pensions Committee on March 30; they include measures that would affect state and local retirement plans. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams3/27/2017 • 0 Comments

With health care reform off the table (at least for the moment), Congress will now turn to… tax reform. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/23/2017 • 0 Comments

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the House and the Senate to make it easier for small businesses to offer retirement plans — or at least to file Form 5500. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/17/2017 • 0 Comments

A new tax reform proposal has surfaced that would impose a 15% tax on retirement accounts. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/7/2017 • 0 Comments

Federal regulations designed to help facilitate the formation of state-run retirement plans for private sector workers look more vulnerable now. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/16/2017 • 0 Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 15 passed two resolutions of disapproval to block DOL regulations regarding state-run retirement plans for private sector workers. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/14/2017 • 0 Comments

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) has introduced bipartisan legislation to make it easier for small businesses to offer retirement benefits to employees. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/9/2017 • 0 Comments

Two joint resolutions now before the U.S. House of Representatives express disapproval of the Department of Labor’s rule on state and municipal retirement savings plans for private-sector employees. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff2/8/2017 • 0 Comments

Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) has introduced legislation that would prevent using PBGC premiums as a safety valve for the federal budget. READ MORE

By John Iekel2/6/2017 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule, as well as other regulations and laws that affect and govern retirement plans, were part of the discussion at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce meeting on Feb. 3. READ MORE

By John Iekel2/1/2017 • 0 Comments

There is now an “even greater opportunity” for tax reform, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 1, but he offered no specifics on what it may portend for retirement plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff1/26/2017 • 0 Comments

Sure, you’ve spent a year getting ready for the fiduciary rule — but are you ready for the topic du jour in the nation’s capital, tax reform? READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 1/26/2017 • 0 Comments

A not-so-complex financial calculus underpins a delicate balance for small business owners considering offering a retirement plan — and Congress could be getting ready to screw that up. READ MORE

By John Iekel1/25/2017 • 0 Comments

House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) says that Congress is “seeking ideas” on how to increase saving, including retirement saving. READ MORE

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