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Bipartisan Budget Act Of 2018: Complying With New Retirement Plan Rules

There has been a lot of talk about the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which was passed by Congress and signed by the President on February 9th, 2018. The law will last for two years and increase funding for both military and social programs. It represents the first significant bipartisan legislation in a long time. However, hidden within the budget are several items that can directly affect recordkeepers and plan sponsors.

Complying with the new retirement plan rules

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Understanding the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 and how it affects your retirement programs is essential. An appropriate response program may be necessary and could include:

  • Process and technology review and remediation for California wildlife relief, including policy and procedures documentation for changes to the request process
  • Process and technology review of how best to support a plan sponsor’s opening up of the hardship withdrawal process based on changes to the Safe Harbor guidelines
  • Reverse engineering of recordkeeping systems to understand exposure to hardcoded requirements and duplicative processing

The ideal response would be holistic and centrally managed and sponsored by key stakeholders from business, operations, and technology, as well as incorporate critical input from legal, risk, and compliance.

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About the Author

Retirement Services Lead, Financial Services, Perficient Andrew Bihl, retirement services lead in Perficient’s financial services practice, joined the company in 2013 via the acquisition of ForwardThink Group. His areas of focus include program management offices, business process redesigns, and operational design. Andrew has over 20 years of experience in corporate and consulting roles. He has successfully delivered projects in the retirement services practice for diverse clients, such as Fidelity, Prudential, and TIAA.

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