NAGDCA’s Mission

As the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators, NAGDCA recognizes that defined contribution plans are an essential part of public sector retirement security. We aim to provide the most comprehensive data and best practices available to help plan sponsors in their mission of providing the best retirement security for their plan participants. NAGDCA represents the voice of all 50 states at the federal level and our members are experts in public sector deferred compensation plans.

NAGDCA is actively working to be the leading advocate and spokesperson for the future success of the public sector defined contribution community. We will accomplish this by providing excellent data and research, good operational effectiveness, and an active network of experts.

In order to better serve our member network and, in turn, their plan participants, NAGDCA prioritizes all association work based on a mission and vision set forth by our experienced and knowledgeable governing body.

In the coming years, NAGDCA’s board of directors and executive staff will be working in tandem with our operational committees to further develop plans and processes that benefit government plan sponsor members and their plan participants as well as industry members alike.

NAGDCA’s Mission

NAGDCA’s mission is to be a premier provider of education, information, and training, to support plan sponsors and service providers of government-sponsored defined contribution retirement plans in creating successful retirement security outcomes for their plan participants. 

NAGDCA’s Vision

NAGDCA will be the leading association for defined contribution retirement plans of government employers to advocate opportunities that empower sponsors to preserve and enhance these plans to meet their goal of providing participants with financial security at retirement.

Our Strategic Priorities

NAGDCA’s strategic priorities are determined at a yearly joint meeting with the board of directors and executive staff. Each priority is defined using the scope of our mission and vision and by review of feedback from our members and the legislative environment of the time.

2019 Strategic Priorities

First Priority


Be the primary source of data, research, and best practice information for public sector defined contribution plans


Be the chosen venue for public sector plan sponsors and industry across the country to interact – in person and virtually


Third Priority


Create federal legislative change that represents the interests of all public sector defined contribution plan participants

Third Priority


Be financially and organizationally strong so we can achieve our core purpose and goals

An Active Voice for Legislation

NAGDCA acts as the voice of plan sponsors to help influence legislation based on the aggregate thoughts and feedback of the plan sponsor community. NAGDCA provides the vehicle for legislative change in order to improve tax codes for 457, 403(b), and 401(a) plans to make them simpler and more effective. NAGDCA also advocates to prevent the implementation of harmful laws and regulations such as tax deferrals or limiting availability of retirement plans.

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