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Advocacy

Advocacy stories cover the latest developments in Washington and in state capitals across the country, along with comments and analysis from ASPPA's Government Affairs department.

 

 

 

Advocacy

Advocacy

By John Iekel 4/4/2018 • 0 Comments

The ARA on April 4 filed a comment letter with the IRS to recommend modifications to EPCRS that would expand the use of the SCP and reduce the burden the VCP’s new pricing structure imposes on small business plans. READ MORE

By Joseph Caruso3/21/2018 • 0 Comments

For the moment, anyway, the Old Line State has stepped back crossing a line that would have established its own fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By Brent Neese3/20/2018 • 0 Comments

The NTSA is pleased to unveil the NTSA Advocacy and Resource (ARC), a member-only website featuring an interactive 403(b)/457 plan industry advocacy map of the United States, with detailed summaries for each state. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 3/14/2018 • 0 Comments

The IRS has responded to the American Retirement Association’s comment letter on the significant changes to the pricing structure for the Voluntary Compliance Program (VCP) — but it’s not very responsive. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff3/5/2018 • 0 Comments

The American Retirement Association (ARA) has lent its support to a Department of Labor (DOL) proposal on Association Health Plans — and offered a couple of recommendations as well. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams2/5/2018 • 0 Comments

The American Retirement Association has named Joseph A. Caruso, III, JD, MSPPM as Government Affairs Counsel for the NTSA and its ARA sister organization, the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), effective Feb. 12. READ MORE

By Brent Neese2/1/2018 • 0 Comments

In an effort to contribute to Hurricane Harvey recovery, NTSA members at the 2018 NTSA Summit raised money for the Humble, Texas Education Foundation. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams1/31/2018 • 0 Comments

The American Retirement Association has taken issue with the new VCP fee structure and approach taken by the IRS, stressing that it is “unfair to small employers, and will have an adverse impact on plan participants.” READ MORE

By John Iekel 1/30/2018 • 0 Comments

Tamara Indianer, 2018 NTSA President, and Brent Neese, NTSA’s Executive Director, at the NTSA Summit offered a look at the organization’s status and outlined where it is heading. READ MORE

By John Iekel 1/30/2018 • 0 Comments

At a Jan. 25 session of the 2018 NTSA Summit in Houston, NTSA Executive Director Brent Neese outlined the top 10 issues affecting state advocacy and the 403(b) market, and called for active engagement by NTSA members. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 11/21/2017 • 0 Comments

In a big win for the lobbying efforts of the American Retirement Association’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC), the IRS has dropped a series of compliance questions from the 2017 Form 5500. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams, Ted Godbout11/3/2017 • 0 Comments

House Republican leaders on Nov. 2 released their much-anticipated tax reform plan that left 401(k)s and IRAs alone, but contained a number of proposals to modify various pension and retirement savings provisions. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams8/23/2017 • 0 Comments

The American Retirement Association has filed a comment letter raising concerns about the application of a new fiduciary regulation in the state of Nevada. READ MORE

By Craig Hoffman8/4/2017 • 0 Comments

The DOL has issued new FAQs on the fiduciary regulation that embrace the recommendations made by the ARA/NAPA Government Affairs Committee (GAC) in a recent comment letter. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams7/18/2017 • 0 Comments

In a July 18 letter responding to the DOL's request for information on its fiduciary rule, the American Retirement Association has requested an extension of the applicability date — and a streamlined levelized fee exemption. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams6/22/2017 • 0 Comments

There’s an old regulation that has new meaning under the new fiduciary regulation — and it could catch new fiduciaries, as well as broker-dealers – by surprise. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff6/13/2017 • 0 Comments

Concerns about retirement and health care loom large for American workers and the U.S. Senate is reportedly close to its version of a health care reform bill. We need your help ASAP to tell Congress to make it easier for workers to manage their health and retirement savings. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams4/17/2017 • 0 Comments

Among other changes, the American Retirement Association has requested that the Labor Department change the Best Interest Contract (BIC) Exemption to eliminate reliance on the plaintiffs’ bar as an enforcement mechanism. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff4/5/2017 • 0 Comments

The American Retirement Association has joined as a founding member of the Save Our Savings (SOS) Coalition, an alliance dedicated to protecting Americans’ retirement savings. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff2/23/2017 • 0 Comments

The American Retirement Association on Feb. 21 sent a letter to the Oregon State Treasury containing its comments on the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan (ORSP), also known as OregonSaves. READ MORE

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