Forms, Document Requests And FOIA

The Form M-1 Online Filing System is an electronic filing system for the Form M-1 annual report for multiple employer welfare arrangements. The system allows filers to complete the form and submit it at no cost. This system is an example of an E-Government initiative which uses improved technology to make it easier for citizens and businesses to interact with the government.

The ERISA Public Disclosure System is an internet-based application designed to facilitate the search and retrieval of Form M-1 filings. The Form M-1 is filed annually by MEWAs (Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements) and ECEs (Entities Claiming Exception). Users can search by plan name, sponsor name, employer identification number (EIN), or the state of the MEWA headquarters or where coverage is offered by entering data in one or more fields. The search is most effective when data is entered into several fields. For more information and instructions on how to use the ERISA Public Disclosure System for the Form M-1 filings, at the bottom of the Form M-1 Search page, select EPDS User Manual. Copies of the Form M-1 filings are also available from EBSA's Public Disclosure Room at 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room N-1513, Washington, DC 20210, or by calling 202.693.8673.

As mandated by the pension reform law, the Employee Benefits Security Administration operates a public disclosure facility. Our publication, How to Obtain Employee Benefit Plan Documents from the Department of Labor, describes the documents and materials available through the EBSA public disclosure room, and also tells you how to use this facility.

FOIA Information and EBSA Reading Room - FOIA provides for public access to records maintained by EBSA. A FOIA request is a written request for records held or believed to be held by EBSA. The written request need not specifically refer to the FOIA. The Act requires that agencies provide records unless they are exempt from disclosure as defined in the Act.

Instead of filing a copy of their state registration forms with the Department of Labor, state-registered investment advisers seeking to obtain or maintain investment manager status under Title I of ERISA must electronically register through the Investment Adviser Registration Depository (IARD) as an investment adviser with the state in which they maintain their principal office and place of business. The IARD is a centralized electronic filing system established by the Securities and Exchange Commission in conjunction with state securities authorities. All states accept forms filed via the IARD to satisfy state registration requirements. Pertinent state registration information in the IARD database is available to the general public through the Investment Advisor Public Disclosure Web site.