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The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on Aug. 6 announced that its multiemployer insurance program continues to be in worsening financial shape, while its single-employer counterpart has exactly the opposite condition. The PBGC, in its FY 2018 Projections Report, says that the... READ MORE
The Department of Justice has asked a federal court to hold off ruling on a suit challenging California’s auto-IRA program for private sector workers. The suit in question is a challenge by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, claiming that the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust... READ MORE
As Congress headed out of town for the August recess, retirement’s “Dynamic Duo” have teamed up on legislation designed to help stave off nondiscrimination testing issues for frozen defined benefit plans. U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), both members of the Senate Finance... READ MORE
The Chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee in July 24 remarks argued that it is time to get the SECURE Act over the goal line.  “There are not many examples of the sort of bipartisanship [we saw] on the SECURE Act that you can look to,” Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) explained to delegates at... READ MORE
At the opening session of the 2019 NAPA D.C. Fly-in Forum on July 23, ASPPA Executive Director (and American Retirement Association CEO) Brian Graff noted that it’s a “hot mess” in Washington – both literally and figuratively.  Expressing his frustration that the bipartisan Setting Every Community... READ MORE
While there’s likely a rocky confirmation road ahead, President Trump has announced (via tweet) his choice as the next Secretary of Labor. “I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Gene Scalia as the new Secretary of Labor,” Trump tweeted Thursday evening. “Gene has led a life... READ MORE
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board has challenged a specific “pay for” provision in the SECURE Act. But they’re missing the big(ger) picture. One of the main reasons the SECURE Act passed the House of Representatives by the large margin of 417-3 was that, as the WSJ acknowledges, it was “... READ MORE
  Patrick Pizzella, the current Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor, will take over as the Acting Labor Secretary in the wake of Alexander Acosta’s July 12 resignation.   Pizzella, who has served as the Deputy Secretary since April 2018, will likely serve as the Acting Secretary until a... READ MORE
American Retirement Association Chief Government Affairs Officer Will Hansen and past ASPPA President Stephen Dobrow offered testimony concerning benefit plan audits and how they may be improved at the June 25 meeting of the Department of Labor’s Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension... READ MORE
The IRS and the Department of Labor should establish a formal way of collaborating on oversight of prohibited IRA transaction exemptions, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended. The GAO undertook the study that led to its report, “Individual Retirement Accounts: Formalizing... READ MORE
Recent developments at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) have resulted in new forms, a new final rule and a new page listing notices for plan participants. New Form and Instructions The PBGC has announced that a new form and instructions for requesting a determination regarding... READ MORE
More than 20 years after the last such overhaul, on July 1 President Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation to revamp the Internal Revenue Service. The newly enacted Taxpayer First Act of 2019 (H.R. 3151) overhauls the IRS’ operations and tax administration systems and implements new taxpayer... READ MORE
CalSavers, the state-run retirement plan for private-sector employees in the Golden State whose employers do not offer a retirement plan, will be formally launched on July 1. State Treasurer Fiona Ma and former Sen. Kevin de León (D) will launch CalSavers at a ceremony at the State Treasurer’s... READ MORE
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) on June 26  proposed a rule that would make a variety of clarifications, corrections and improvements to four of its regulations. The proposed rule is based on the PBGC’s ongoing efforts to review the effectiveness and clarity of its rules and input... READ MORE
While it’s not precisely robbing Peter to pay Paul, a new legislative proposal purports to pay off all student loan debt – with proceeds from a tax that will hit retirement savings. First touted as an effort to limit speculative trading, the so-called financial transaction tax is now being... READ MORE
President Trump on June 21 named seven new members to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s (PBGC) Advisory Committee. The PBGC Advisory Committee is a body appointed by the president that represents the interests of labor, employers and the public. Its duties under ERISA include providing... READ MORE
Not wasting any time, the Garden State has announced that it will hold a July 17 hearing in connection with its proposed new fiduciary standards. According to an announcement in the New Jersey Register, the Bureau of Securities also simultaneously announced that it is extending the comment period... READ MORE
The official hurricane season has just begun (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it starts June 1). But we’ve already had a tropical system in the Atlantic (Andrea) — and that serves as a reminder that it can be helpful to a service provider and plan administrator to prepare…... READ MORE
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the Social Security Trust Fund is in danger of running dry. That is, unless something is done to forestall that – and the CBO has come up with some ideas to do that. In “How Changing Social Security Could Affect Beneficiaries and the System's Finances,”... READ MORE
UPDATED MAY 24 AT 9:30 A.M. ET One of the most consequential pieces of retirement security legislation in more than a decade has been approved overwhelmingly by the U.S. House of Representatives.    In a May 23 House floor debate that featured much praise and few objections, the Setting Every... READ MORE

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