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For Immediate Release: May 7, 2013
Contact: Jason Surbey or Laura McGinnis
Phone: 202-693-4668 or 202-693-4653
Email: surbey.jason@dol.gov or mcginnis.laura.k@dol.gov
Release Number: 13-716-NAT

US Labor Department seeks input on regulations regarding lifetime income illustrations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration today announced an advance notice of proposed rulemaking focusing on lifetime income illustrations given to participants in defined contribution pension plans such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans. The ANPRM provides an opportunity for stakeholders to provide early input into the development of regulations.

"We are looking for the best ideas on how to show people what their lump-sum retirement savings look like when they are spread out over all the years of retirement," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Phyllis C. Borzi. "Retirees run the risk of outliving their savings. If workers have the benefit of seeing how long their savings could last, it might spur better planning for the future such as adopting more effective savings strategies."

EBSA is developing proposed regulations regarding the pension benefit statement requirements under section 105 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. The ANPRM solicits input on a rule that would require a participant's accrued benefits to be included on his or her pension benefit statement as an estimated lifetime stream of payments, in addition to an account balance. EBSA also requests comments on a rule that would require a participant's accrued benefits to be projected to his or her retirement date, assuming annual contributions and an estimated rate of return, and then presented as an estimated lifetime stream of payments.

The ANPRM serves as a request for comments on specific language and concepts in advance of the proposed regulations.

The notice will be published in the Federal Register on May 8, 2013. It can also be viewed here.

Written comments may be addressed to the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Regulations and Interpretations, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Room N-5655, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20210, Attn: Pension Benefits Statement Project. The public also may submit comments electronically by email to E-ORI@dol.gov with RIN 1210-AB20 in the subject line of the message or through the federal e-rulemaking portal at www.regulations.gov. Comments are due by July 8, 2013.

U.S. Department of Labor news materials are accessible at www.dol.gov. The information above is available in large print, Braille, audio tape or disc from the COAST office upon request by calling 202-693-7828 or TTY 202-693-7755.