Government Affairs

Government Affairs

Government Affairs

By ASPPA Net Staff5/15/2015 • 0 Comments

Legislation introduced recently in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate would require retirement plans to include an “annuity equivalent” on participant statements. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/13/2015 • 0 Comments

Amending the Illinois constitution may be an answer to the state's pension problems, Gov. Bruce Rauner's (R) office has suggested. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/12/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration has asked the Office of Management and Budget to extend for three more years authorization to gather information through the Form 5500. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/11/2015 • 0 Comments

In a bid to expand availability of employee stock ownership plans in S corporations and enhance retirement savings, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) on May 6 introduced legislation he hopes will accomplish both. READ MORE

By John Iekel5/8/2015 • 0 Comments

In testimony at a recent hearing held by the Rhode Island House Committee of Labor, the American Retirement Association expressed strong support for a bill that would establish a private-sector employer IRA program in the Ocean State. READ MORE

By John Iekel5/6/2015 • 0 Comments

Cyber attacks, and the threat they pose to firms that provide finance-related services and their clients, prompted the recent release by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management of some steps that can protect against them. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff5/4/2015 • 0 Comments

ASPPA in an April 30 comment letter made suggestions regarding projects and guidance the IRS should pursue in its 2015-2016 Priority Guidance Plan. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/28/2015 • 0 Comments

A new legislative proposal wouldn’t just require employers to offer a retirement plan — it would mandate employer contributions too. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/22/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation has proposed a new requirement that multiemployer plans file certain forms electronically.
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By Alisa Wolking4/20/2015 • 0 Comments

On April 15, the American Retirement Association joined with other industry stakeholders in releasing a statement to the Senate Finance Committee working group on Savings and Investment. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/15/2015 • 0 Comments

Industry insider and fiduciary geek Pete Swisher has penned a timely and insightful piece on the history and potential future impact of the Department of Labor’s new “conflict of interest” proposal.
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By ASPPA Net Staff4/15/2015 • 0 Comments

The Investment Company Institute says the Obama administration relied on "fatally flawed" research in supporting its push for an expansion of the “conflicted advice” rule released April 14. READ MORE

By John Iekel4/10/2015 • 0 Comments

Small defined benefit plans that have received audit waivers need more frequent review, says the Department of Labor’s Inspector General in a report concerning EBSA’s oversight of small plans claiming the audit waiver. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman4/1/2015 • 0 Comments

It now appears there is substance to reports that the IRS will be curtailing the determination letter program for individually designed plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff4/1/2015 • 0 Comments

The Internal Revenue Service is moving to make it easier — and in some cases cheaper — to remedy plan problems with participant loans. READ MORE

By John Iekel3/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The PBGC seeks to revise forms it needs to implement Section 303(k) of ERISA and Internal Revenue Code Section 430(k) and seeks extension of OMB approval of certain forms. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/26/2015 • 0 Comments

Expanded annual actuarial certifications for multiemployer plans are due March 31 for calendar year plans. 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 ASPPA GAC3/19/2015 • 0 Comments

On March 19, the Government Affairs Committee of the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries filed a comment letter with the IRS regarding suggested changes to the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System. READ MORE

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