Government Affairs

Government Affairs

Government Affairs

By ASPPA Net Staff10/28/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) said Oct. 28 that the 2016 annual maximum guaranteed benefit for a retiree at age 65, as well as that for multiemployer plans, will remain at the same levels as those set for 2015. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/28/2015 • 0 Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Oct. 27 that would block the Department of Labor from finalizing its fiduciary proposal until the Securities and Exchange Commission weighs in. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/27/2015 • 0 Comments

An Oct. 23 hearing by a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee became the latest stage on which House members expressed frustration over proposals related to fiduciary regulation. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/27/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has raised the per-participant flat premium rates and the variable-rate premium for single-employer plans for plan years beginning in 2016. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/23/2015 • 0 Comments

Concerned that prior guidance has discouraged the embrace of “economically targeted investments,” the Department of Labor has issued a new interpretive bulletin. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/22/2015 • 0 Comments

Here’s a recap of our coverage of sessions and speakers from the 2015 ASPPA Annual Conference: READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/21/2015 • 0 Comments

As expected, most of the compensation limits for 2016 are unchanged, because the increase in the cost-of-living index did not meet the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment — but there were some increases in the rates the IRS released on Oct. 21. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/15/2015 • 0 Comments

There will be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security this year — a precursor of what can be expected for retirement plan contribution and benefit limits. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/13/2015 • 0 Comments

W. Thomas Reeder, Jr., is the new Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) Director; President Obama had sent his nomination of Reeder to the Senate on May 21, and the Senate in a voice vote confirmed him Oct. 8. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/12/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS and Treasury have taken steps that curb lump sum pension buyout offers by pension plans to those receiving ongoing payments; in a recent post on his “Nerd’s Eye View” blog, Michael Kitces offers his take on what these actions mean. 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 ASPPA Net Staff10/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Three former chairs of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said at a TD Ameritrade summit in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 6 that they want the agency they ran to join the effort to set a fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/8/2015 • 0 Comments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission have taken steps to curb questionable practices concerning pension advance transactions, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says in a report it recently issued. READ MORE

By John Ortman10/8/2015 • 0 Comments

Economist Robert Litan has responded on Forbes.com to accusations of conflicts of interest leveled the last week of September by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) that cost him his position at the Brookings Institution. READ MORE

By Alisa Wolking10/6/2015 • 0 Comments

As the Department of Labor (DOL) finalizes new fiduciary regulations, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are considering new legislation to address their concerns with DOL’s proposal. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/6/2015 • 0 Comments

New legislation introduced in the Senate claims to shore up retirement security for women — but it’s got implications for plan design and administration. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/5/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS Tax Exempt & Government Entities Office has issued its priorities for fiscal year 2016; among them are plans that concern TEGE’s work with employee plans and with government entities and shared services. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/5/2015 • 0 Comments

One of the important sources of retirement income, Social Security, is seriously misunderstood. Ellie Lowder discusses the importance of Social Security and of projecting its role in funding retirement. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/2/2015 • 0 Comments

On Oct. 1, the American Retirement Association (ARA) submitted a comment letter in response to IRS Announcement 2015-19 in which the IRS requested comments regarding changes to the Employee Plans Determination Letter (DL) Program. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/1/2015 • 0 Comments

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has expressed concerns about conflicts of interest in a study critical of the Labor Department’s fiduciary proposal — and that has forced the resignation of one of its authors. READ MORE

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