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  1. What to Expect from anEmployee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) InvestigationASPPA, Washington DCSeptember 2009Brenda Rickborn, Associate Regional Director - AtlantaCrystal Coleman, Criminal Coordinator - Chicago

  2. Assistant Secretary EBSA Organizational Chart Deputy Assistant Secretary for Program Operations Deputy Assistant Secretary Office of Exemption Determinations Office of Policy and Research Office of Enforcement Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance Office of Regulations and Interpretations Office of the Chief Accountant Office of Program Planning Evaluation and Management Office of Technology and Information Services Office of Participant Assistance Regional Offices Boston New York Philadelphia Atlanta Cincinnati Chicago Kansas City Dallas Los Angeles San Francisco

  3. EBSA Field Offices Regional Offices District Offices

  4. EBSA - Structure Field Offices • 10 Regional Offices • Provide Compliance Assistance • Conduct Investigations

  5. EBSA’s Mission Statement The Employee Benefits Security Administration protects the integrity of pensions, health plans, and other employee benefits for more than 150 million people. Our Agency mission is to: • Assist workers in getting the information they need to exercise their benefit rights • Assist plan officials to understand the requirements of the relevant statutes in order to meet their legal responsibilities • Develop policies and regulations that encourage the growth of employment-based benefits • Deter and correct violations of the relevant statutes through strong administrative, civil and criminal enforcement efforts to ensure workers receive promised benefits

  6. NationalProjects(FY 09) • Employee Contributions • Rapid ERISA Action Team (REACT) • Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) • Consultant/Advisor Project (CAP) • Health Care Fraud / Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs)

  7. Sourcesof Cases • Participant complaints • Form 5500 Reviews • Referrals from other agencies • Media • Other

  8. Types of Investigations • Civil • Plan • Service Provider • Criminal • Plan • Service Provider • Employer • Individual

  9. Issues/Areas of Review in Civil Cases • Review of Plan Assets • Prudence, Prohibited Transactions, Self Dealing • Reporting and Disclosure • Bonding • General Plan Operations • In accordance with Plan Document • Remittance of Employee Contributions

  10. Civil Plan Investigations • Start with phone call from Investigator / Auditor • Followed by confirmation letter • Date & time of visit • Plan(s) to be reviewed • Records / documents needed • Varies depending on issue

  11. Onsite Investigative Work • Interviews with key personnel and plan fiduciaries • Basic operations / services • Contributions • Benefit payments • Expenses • Investments • Identification of • Service providers • Record-keeper(s)

  12. Onsite Investigative Work • Record Review

  13. Basic Documents • Plan Document/ Trust Agreement • Form 5500 filings (past 3 years) • SPD • SAR for last year • Fidelity Bond – FAB 2008-04 • Fiduciary Insurance Policy • Trustee Statements (past 3 years) (asset records) • Service Provider Contracts • Meeting Minutes • Benefit Statements • Asset records • Payroll/contribution records

  14. Investigative Emphasis Reporting Requirements • Annual Report (Form 5500) • EFAST 2009 – Electronic Filing - Webcast

  15. Investigative Emphasis Disclosure Requirements • Summary Plan Descriptions (SPDs) • Summary of Material Modifications (SMM) • Summary Annual Reports (SARs) • “Blackout” Notices • Defined Benefit Annual Funding Notice FAB 2009-01 • COBRA Notices / HIPAA Certificates & more • Provide documents on request • Participant Benefit Statements • Field Assistance Bulletin 2006-03 • Field Assistance Bulletin 2007-03

  16. Investigative Emphasis Bonding • 10% of Funds Handled – not less than $1,000 nor more than $500,000 ($1,000,000 for plans with employer securities) • No deductible • Plan should be named as insured • Discovery Period of no less than one year after termination or cancellation of bond is required

  17. Investigative Emphasis Fiduciary must • Act “solely in interest” of Ps & Bs • Discharge his / her / its duties prudently (care, skill, prudence and diligence) • Diversify plan investments • Follow terms of governing documents (to the extent consistent with ERISA)

  18. Investigative Emphasis Fiduciary must NOT • act in his / her / its own self interest • act on behalf of a party with adverse interests • accept “gratuity” from those doing business w/ the Plan (kickback)

  19. Investigative Emphasis Fiduciaries must NOT cause the Plan to engage in a “prohibited transaction” • Sale / exchange with party in interest (PII) • Loan / extension of credit with PII • Goods, services & facilities with PII • Transfer to, use by or for the benefit of a PII

  20. Employee Contributions • Handling of employee contributions • Basic Rule – As soon as they can be “reasonably segregated” from Employer’s general assets Proposed Safe Harbor Reg. - 2/29/2008 - for plans with fewer than 100 participants

  21. Employee Contributions • “As soon as” varies from plan to plan • will ask questions about handling • will review practice / experience

  22. Employee Contributions • Outside Limits (Not a safe harbor) • Pension – 15 Business Days after end of month of withholding / receipt << SIMPLE IRA Plans – 30 days after end of month >> • Welfare – 90 days after withholding / receipt

  23. Concluding the Investigation • Depends on any problems identified • If no problems are noted, closing letter • If problems are noted, corrective actions are necessary

  24. Needing Correction • Usually, EBSA will send “Notice Letter” • Identifies problems • Offers chance to discuss correction • EBSA encourages Voluntary Compliance • Proper Correction >> “Closing Letter” • Identifies problems & corrective actions • No Correction >> referral to the Solicitor’s Office

  25. Needing Correction Depending upon the circumstances, EBSA may seek • Correction of prohibited transactions • Restoration of losses • Penalties • Removal of fiduciaries • Removal of service providers • Appointment of independent fiduciary • Implementation of new internal controls • Supplemental distributions to Ps & Bs • Final accounting

  26. IRS Referrals • IRS Coordination Agreement and Statute requires: • referral of prohibited transactions to IRS • IRC § 4975 excise tax (tax qualified pension plans) • referral of potential issues affecting tax qualified status

  27. Criminal Referrals • Under some circumstances, criminal referrals may be made • Theft / embezzlement • Kickbacks / bribes • False statements to investigators • Willful failures to file / false filings • Health care fraud

  28. What is the VFC Program? • Allows “Plan Officials” to correct certain violations before DOL investigates and if done properly, receive a “No-Action” letter from the Department. Plan Official DOL “You fixed it” DOL NO ACTION

  29. What is the Abandoned Plan Program? • Rules that allow for a voluntary, safe and efficient process for winding up the affairs of abandoned individual account plans.

  30. Compliance Assistance • Office of Regulations & Interpretations • Advisory Opinion Letters, Regulations, Technical Rulings • (202) 693 - 8500 • Office of Exemptions & Determinations • Exemptions from Prohibited Transaction Rules • Class & Individual basis • (202) 693 - 8540

  31. Compliance Assistance • Office of Chief Accountant • Reporting & Disclosure issues • (202) 693 - 8360 • Office of Health Plan Standards & Compliance Assistance • HIPAA & other group health laws • (202) 693 - 8335

  32. Compliance Assistance • EBSA website: www.dol.gov/EBSA • EFAST website: www.efast.dol.gov • Publications: 1-866-444-3272 • Technical Assistance (Toll-free number): 1-866-444-3272 • EFAST Hotline (Toll-free number): 1-866-463-3278 (Go EFAST)

  33. Compliance Assistance • Regional Offices • 1-866-444-3272 • Brenda Rickborn 404-302 3946 • Crystal Coleman 312-886-0492

  34. Helpful EBSA Publications • Meeting Your Fiduciary Responsibilities -UPDATED • Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities under a Group Health Plan - NEW • Understanding Retirement Plan Fees and Expenses • Automatic Enrollment 401(k) Plans for Small Businesses - NEW • Selecting an Auditor for Your Employee Benefit Plan • Reporting and Disclosure Guide - UPDATED • Selecting & Monitoring Pension Consultants – Tips for Plan Fiduciaries • Tips for Selecting and Monitoring Service Providers for Your Employee Benefit Plan