Category Archives: 401(a)

Are Charter Schools Considered “Governmental” for Retirement Plan Purposes?

By Jeff Chang In California, charter schools are public schools that do not charge tuition or impose special entrance requirements, but are generally operated on an independent basis from local school systems. Because of the “public” nature of these schools … Continue reading

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Why Most Retirement Plan Advisor or Recordkeeper Searches Are Not Subject to the RFP Requirements of the Sponsoring City or District

By Jeff Chang Many cities and their retirement plan investment advisors believe that the city must periodically issue an RFP for defined contribution plan recordkeeping or investment advisory services in accordance with the city’s RFP policy or ordinance. Having reviewed … Continue reading

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Are Your Agency’s Retirement Plan Committee Meetings Subject to the Brown Act?

By Jeff Chang In addition to properly identifying your retirement plan fiduciaries, and substituting a knowledgeable administrative committee in place of your governing board or council, California local agencies also need to consider whether the meetings of their administrative committee … Continue reading

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The Duties and Responsibilities of a 457(b) or 401(a) Plan Administrator

By Jeff Chang A surprisingly large number of public employees accept appointment as the plan administrator, or a member of the administrative committee, for their agency’s 457(b) or 401(a) plan. An explanation of the typical duties and responsibilities of a … Continue reading

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Take Your Pick – Employees Allowed to Choose Between Future 401(a) Plan Contributions and Future HRA Contributions

By Jeff Chang A recently issued IRS private letter ruling may provide public agencies and their employees with another way to give employees more control over the types of retirement benefits they will eventually receive. As we previously reported, governmental … Continue reading

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