Employee Benefits Security Administration

 

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the civil and criminal provisions of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) as well as related provisions of other Federal laws (e.g., Title 18 USC federal criminal statutes). EBSA is also responsible for assuring compliance with the fiduciary responsibility provisions of the Thrift Savings Plan under the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986 (FERSA).

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) is committed to educating and assisting the 141 million workers, retirees and their families covered by approximately 684,000 private retirement plans, 2.4 million health plans, and similar numbers of other welfare benefit plans holding approximately $7.8 trillion in assets; as well as plan sponsors and members of the employee benefits community. EBSA balances proactive enforcement with compliance assistance and works diligently to provide quality assistance to plan participants and beneficiaries. It is the policy of EBSA to provide the highest quality of service to its customers.

The mission of the Employee Benefits Security Administration is to assure the security of the retirement, health and other workplace related benefits of America's workers and their families. We will accomplish this mission by developing effective regulations; assisting and educating workers, plan sponsors, fiduciaries and service providers; and vigorously enforcing the law.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
17.150
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Labor
Office: Employee Benefits Security Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
DISSEMINATION OF TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: During FY 2014, EBSA will continue efforts to implement newly expanded authority provided to the Secretary in health care reform laws. These laws include a number of provisions that will result in an increased number of civil and criminal multiple employer welfare arrangement (MEWA) investigations. A MEWA is an entity that offers or provides coverage for medical care to the employees of two or more employers. New health reform laws include provisions that will require MEWA entities to register with DOL and expands enforcement authority to include ex parte cease and desist and summary seizure orders. Included in the national Health Benefits Security Project, these types of investigations are among the most resource-intensive and will require EBSA to allocate additional resources to effectively enforce the new health care provisions and other ERISA provisions such as fiduciary duties. EBSA will continue to develop materials and conduct compliance workshops across the country to educate industry professionals about the new MEWA provisions and will enhance the MEWA Registration Form to facilitate targeting entities for investigation that may not have sufficient reserves to pay legitimate health care claims. Health and Human Services (HHS) will also identify areas where more enforcement action is necessary and share the information with EBSA for use in enforcement activities. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Public Law 93-406.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Plan administrators, trustees, participants, beneficiaries of employee benefit plans, or others involved in plan administration may obtain assistance in complying with the Act. Interested persons may obtain certain plan documents which are required to be filed by plan administrators.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Plan officials, trustees, participants, beneficiaries of employee benefit plans, or others involved in plan administration.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Contact the nearest field office of the Employee Benefits Security Administration listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, EBSA's web site at www.dol.gov/ebsa or EBSA's hotline at (1 866) 444-EBSA (3272). (Participants and beneficiaries should first contact their plan administrator for plan information.)
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Deadlines
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
EBSA's compliance assistance program provides information to assist plan participants including, beneficiaries, sponsors, service providers and other interested parties in understanding and complying with the requirements of ERISA as it applies to the administration of employee retirement, health and other welfare benefit plans.

This enables participants to better understand and exercise their rights under the law and, when possible, to recover any benefits to which they may be entitled. This also allows plan administrators and practitioners the opportunity to better understand and comply with the law.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not Applicable.
Auditing
Not Applicable.
Records
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not Applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Not Applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Persons desiring assistance should contact the nearest Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration field office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Benefits Advisors Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N5623, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Phone: 1-866-444-3272
Website Address
http://www.dol.gov/ebsa.
Financial Information
Account Identification
16-1700-0-1-601.
Obligations
(Salaries) FY 14 $178,500; FY 15 est $181,000; and FY 16 est $207,455
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Copies of the final regulations, proposed regulations, and other directives are available from the national office or on EBSA's website at www.dol.gov/ebsa. Certain audio-visual material also are available for hearing-impaired audiences. EBSA publishes a variety of free publications directed to employers and participants which can be obtained from its website and its publication hotline at (1 866) 444-EBSA (3272).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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