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Ask the Expert – SECURE 2.0 Act: Auto Portability
In the March-April edition of the Employee Benefit Plan Review, Katrina Berishaj and Megan Stamm collaborate to perform an extensive legal analysis of the provisions for auto portability included in the recent SECURE 2.0 Act. Their analysis dives deep into the detail of those provisions, including the primary processes and fiduciary responsibilities that are encompassed by the legislation.
Video: Alight's Greg Long Addresses Auto Portability at DCIIA Forum
Taking part in a SECURE 2.0 panel at the 3/8/23 DCIIA Innovation Forum, Alight Solutions' Greg Long took the opportunity to inform and educate attendees about auto portability and the new Portability Services Network. Long offered a primer on auto portability -- how it addresses long-standing portability and cashout leakage issues within America's defined contribution system -- and how the formation of the new Portability Services Network will rapidly advance the availability and adoption of the new feature. Long's comments begin at the 21:25 mark.
Warning! The Federal Government Could be Coming for Your 401(k)
The editors of NAPA Net examine a Senate bill proposed by Sens. Hickenlooper and Tillis (Retirement Savings for Americans Act) that they contend would effectively establish a federally-sponsored multi-employer (MEP) plan that would compete with private plans. The article cites auto portability as one of several initiatives in the private sector that shows responsiveness to the needs of the under-saved, and obviating the need for such over-reaching federal legislation.
Set It and Actually Forget It
The New York Times' Charlotte Cowles examines the problem facing millions of Americans who'll change jobs, leaving behind retirement savings at their former employer, or worse -- cashing out their savings altogether. Cowles turns to Vanguard's Steve Holman, who characterizes auto portability as the easiest, default solution, stating: “[a] participant doesn’t even have to do anything. You go to a new job, open a new plan, and the Portability Services Network will automatically find your old account and transition those assets in short order.” Holman also expresses confidence that "over time, we’ll have broad adoption across the industry" of auto portability.
A Renaissance for Auto Enrollment
Writing in 401k Specialist, Tom Hawkins examines the past, present and potential future of automatic enrollment, the popular 401(k) plan feature that has made great strides since 2007, but has faced headwinds in achieving adoption in high-turnover enterprises. Now, thanks to a SECURE 2.0 mandate for new plans, along with the retirement industry's embrace of auto portability, auto enrollment may soon undergo a "renaissance" and enter its final phase of growth, delivering disproportionate benefits to under-saved and under-served workers, including minorities, women and those with lower incomes.
A no-brainer retirement benefit advisers can bring to their clients
Writing in Employee Benefit News, Spencer Williams, CEO of Portability Services Network (PSN) and Retirement Clearinghouse (RCH), makes a compelling case for plan advisers to help facilitate the roll-out of auto portability to the plan sponsors and participants they serve. Williams cites two recent headline-grabbing events -- the passage of SECURE 2.0, which incorporates provisions for auto portability, and the October 2022 formation of PSN to function as an industry utility for transferring balances from plan-to-plan. As both participants and plan sponsors stand to realize tremendous benefits from the adoption of auto portability, it "presents an easy opportunity for financial advisors" who will be "able to demonstrate value for their clients – and, in the process, grow their practices."
DOL's priorities include SECURE 2.0, ESG rule, EBSA head says
P&I reporter Courtney Degen briefs readers on the Department of Labor's 2023 priorities, as articulated on Tuesday, 2/28/23 by Lisa Gomez, assistant secretary of labor for EBSA, and which Degen indicates will "include implementing SECURE 2.0 and its new ESG rule, while aiming to improve communication with plan participants and beneficiaries." Degen writes that "[t]he retirement security package, which Congress passed in late December, directs the Labor Department to help implement various provisions, including one that codifies the auto-portability process into law."
Assistant Secretary Gomez Explains Upcoming EBSA Priorities
PLANSPONSOR's Paul Mulholland covers the address made by Lisa Gomez, the assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration, to the National Institute on Retirement Security’s Retirement Policy Conference on Tuesday, 2/28/23. In the address, Mulholland writes that Gomez addressed the DOL's key priorities resulting from passage of the SECURE 2.0 Act of 2022, and that Gomez included references to auto portability.