Employee Benefits Security Administration September 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Prohibited Transaction Exemption 2006-13; Grant of Individual Exemptions
Document Number: E6-15922
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-28
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains an exemption issued by the Department of Labor (the Department) from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). A notice was published in the Federal Register of the pendency before the Department of a proposal to grant such exemption. The notice set forth a summary of facts and representations contained in the application for exemption and referred interested persons to the application for a complete statement of the facts and representations. The application has been available for public inspection at the Department in Washington, DC. The notice also invited interested persons to submit comments on the requested exemption to the Department. In addition the notice stated that any interested person might submit a written request that a public hearing be held (where appropriate). The applicant has represented that it has complied with the requirements of the notification to interested persons. No requests for a hearing were received by the Department. Public comments were received by the Department as described in the granted exemption. The notice of proposed exemption was issued and the exemption is being granted solely by the Department because, effective December 31, 1978, section 102 of Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1978, 5 U.S.C. App. 1 (1996), transferred the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury to issue exemptions of the type proposed to the Secretary of Labor.
Proposed Exemptions; Frank D. May, D.M.D., P.A. 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan and Trust (the Plan)
Document Number: E6-15789
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains notices of pendency before the Department of Labor (the Department) of proposed exemptions from certain of the prohibited transaction restrictions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA or the Act) and/or the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code).
Default Investment Alternatives Under Participant Directed Individual Account Plans
Document Number: 06-8282
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-27
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document contains a proposed regulation that, upon adoption, would implement recent amendments to title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) enacted as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, Public Law 109-280, under which a participant of a participant directed individual account pension plan will be deemed to have exercised control over assets in his or her account if, in the absence of investment directions from the participant, the plan invests in a qualified default investment alternative. A fiduciary of a plan that complies with this proposed regulation will not be liable for any loss, or by reason of any breach that occurs as a result of such investments. The types of investments that qualify as default investment alternatives under section 404(c)(5) of ERISA are described in the proposal. Plan fiduciaries remain responsible for the prudent selection and monitoring of the qualified default investment alternative. The proposed regulation conditions relief upon advance notice to participants and beneficiaries describing the plan's provisions governing the circumstances under which contributions or other assets will be invested on their behalf in a qualified default investment alternative, the investment objectives of the default investment alternative, and the right of participants and beneficiaries to direct investments out of the default investment alternative without penalty. The regulation, upon adoption, will affect plan sponsors and fiduciaries of participant directed individual account plans, the participants and beneficiaries in such plans, and the service providers to such plans.
Independence of Employee Benefit Plan Accountants
Document Number: E6-14913
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-09-11
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor
This document requests information from the public concerning the advisability of amending Interpretive Bulletin 75-9 (29 CFR 2509.75-9) relating to guidelines on independence of accountants retained by employee benefit plans under section 103(a)(3)(A) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). Under ERISA, unless otherwise exempt, the plan administrator is required to retain on behalf of all plan participants an ``independent qualified public accountant'' to examine the financial statements of the plan and render an opinion as to whether the financial statements and schedules required to be included in the plan's annual report are presented fairly in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The purpose of this notice is to obtain information to assist the Department of Labor in evaluating whether and to what extent Interpretive Bulletin 75-9 provides adequate guidance to meet the needs of plan administrators, other plan fiduciaries, participants and beneficiaries, accountants, and other affected parties on when a qualified public accountant is independent.
Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; 135th Full Council Meeting; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: E6-14571
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-01
Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor