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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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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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Plan Administrators, Plan Committees, and Public Agency 457(b) Plans

By Jeff Chang Many investment advisors for public agency 457(b) plans believe that their public agency clients must have a retirement plan committee in order for the plan to have a proper plan administrator or fiduciary structure. As discussed below, … Continue reading

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Moving Between 457(b) Recordkeepers When a Stable Value Fund is Involved

By Jeff Chang Many public agency 457(b) plans offer a stable value fund investment option. When a plan moves to a new 457(b) plan recordkeeper, the plan’s investment lineup will usually change. In those cases where the lineup includes a … Continue reading

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