Government Affairs

Government Affairs

Government Affairs

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

By Ray Harmon, John Iekel3/19/2015 • 0 Comments

Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White confirmed March 17 that the commission will “implement a uniform fiduciary duty for broker-dealers and investment advisors where the standard is to act in the best interest of the investor.”
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By Nevin Adams3/18/2015 • 0 Comments

Your plan sponsor clients just got a little more breathing room on annual 401(k) plan investment notices, courtesy of the DOL.
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By ASPPA Net Staff3/17/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS on March 16 in IR-2015-50 issued a reminder that there still is time to contribute to an IRA for 2014 and, in many cases, qualify for a tax credit or deduction.

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By Alisa Wolking3/16/2015 • 0 Comments

As the White House promotes the Department of Labor’s reproposal of the fiduciary rule, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took the opportunity March 12 to criticize “brokers on Wall Street” and reinforce the administration’s messaging on the controversial proposed regulation.

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By ASPPA Net Staff3/13/2015 • 0 Comments

Eight Republican senators have expressed their concerns about the potential negative consequences for American workers if the Labor Department’s fiduciary reproposal hasn’t changed significantly from the 2010 version.
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By John Iekel3/12/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS announced on March 11 that for the first time in two years it has updated the information package containing sample plan provisions concerning pre-approved 403(b) plans. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/12/2015 • 0 Comments

In coming years, more than half of workers and retirees in terminated multiemployer plans will face a reduction in benefits under current Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation guarantees if their plans run out of money, according to a new study.
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By John Iekel3/10/2015 • 0 Comments

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation announced on March 9 that the Office of Management and Budget has approved the 2015 PBGC premium filing instructions READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/9/2015 • 0 Comments

The IRS has updated materials it provides to assist employers, plan administrators and TPAs in remaining in compliance with federal law and regulation concerning simplified employee pension plans.
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By John Iekel3/9/2015 • 0 Comments

Identical bills before both chambers of the Iowa legislature would end state taxation of pensions and other forms of retirement income — but only through 2020.

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