NAGDCA’s Legislative Priorities

Each year NAGDCA advocates for a list of federal legislative priorities which are developed by the Legislative Committee and the Executive Board with the advice and support of the Government Affairs Director and staff. NAGDCA’s legislative priorities represent solutions to the most pressing federal policy and technical problems facing NAGDCA’s members.

In March of each year, the Executive Board presents the priorities in small group meetings with key legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill, to ensure that the voice of all NAGDCA members is heard at the federal level.

2020 Legislative Priorities

Step One

ENHANCE INVESTMENT OPTIONS FOR 403(b) INVESTORS

Permit Collective Investment Trusts (CIT’s) and separate accounts as investment vehicles in 403(b) plans and deemed IRA’s as they are in other governmental plans.

Step Two

PRESERVE IMPORTANT UNIQUE PLAN FEATURES

NAGDCA is opposed to “Rothification” (requiring all or part of retirement plan contributions be made as Roth contributions), “plan consolidation” (the creation of a single new section of the IRS code, collapsing all defined contribution retirement plans into one), or any other plans that would eliminate current plan flexibility.

Accordingly, we oppose eliminating or reducing the special catch up provisions currently available in 457(b) plans which allow employees who are closer to retirement to save more.

Step Three

SUPPORT NATIONAL RETIREMENT SECURITY MONTH

To elevate the importance of personal retirement planning, we encourage the House and the Senate to introduce and pass a resolution to support National Retirement Security Month in 2020.

Step Four

IMPROVE ROTH PLANS*

  • Allow Roth 457(b), 401(k), 401(a) and 403(b) plan participants to roll Roth IRA assets to their plans.
  • Exempt designated Roth contributions from RMD rules, just as Roth IRA assets are exempt.
Step Five

ENHANCE ADMINISTRATIVE EFFICIENCY AND PROMOTE SAVINGS*

  • Permit non-spousal beneficiaries to roll assets to 457(b), 401(k), 401(a) and 403(b) plans.
  • Eliminate the “first day of the month” requirement in 457(b) plans so participants can more easily change contribution amounts.
Step Six

ENHANCE DISTRIBUTION CHOICE*

Allow Qualifying Charitable Distributions (QCDs) from 457(b), 401(a), 401(k) and 403(b) plans, as they are from IRAs.

*Priority 4 – Both provisions are in the 2019 Portman-Cardin bill, S.1431, (116).
*Priority 5 – Both provisions are in the 2019 Portman-Cardin bill, S. 1431 (116) and in the 2017 Neal bill, H.R.4524 (115).
*Priority 6 – This provision is in the 2019 Portman-Cardin bill, S.1431 (116).

Priorities Memo
Priorities Flyer

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If you are interested in learning more about NAGDCA’s legislative priorities or if you would like to serve on a committee to help develop our legislative action plans, please contact us. We are always working to include NAGDCA members in our legislative and advocacy efforts. Your feedback and your voice are important.

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