Category Archives: 401(a)

Authorized Plan Representatives for Your Governmental 457(b) or 401(a) Plan

By Jeff Chang Whenever you engage a new recordkeeper for your governmental 457(b) or 401(a) plan, the plan sponsor will be asked to complete, sign and return an authorized plan representatives form (APRF). The APRF designates the so-called “contact persons” … Continue reading

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Public Agencies Need to Make Sure That Their Retirement Plans Keep In Step With Their MOUs and Employment Agreements

By Jeff Chang Having worked with dozens of cities and special districts, we are familiar with the focus and attention placed on memorandums of understanding (MOUs) and management employment contracts – especially provisions relating to retirement benefits and compensation. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Have You Developed All of the Policies and Procedures Needed to Properly Administer Your Governmental 457(b) or 401(a) Plan?

By Jeff Chang If you are responsible for the administration of a public agency 457(b) or 401(a) plan, you know that these tax-favored plans are complicated and subject to myriad rules and requirements found in the plan document, the Internal … Continue reading

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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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