The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers, wage earners and retirees by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities, protecting their retirement and health benefits and generally protecting worker rights and monitoring national economic measures.
Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2016, EBSA utilized an aggressive outreach, education, and participant assistance program to inform the public of their rights and benefits as well as to educate the regulated community regarding their responsibilities and obligations under the law. EBSA programs utilized a number of different approaches to ensuring employee benefits were protected, including national/regional enforcement priorities and projects, voluntary compliance programs, civil/criminal litigation, and research-based analysis to achieve program results. In addition, the economic research program continued to study economic issues affecting all employee benefits programs. EBSA?s approach to promoting benefits security in FY 2016 was developed and implemented in response to public concerns, the Agency?s experience with civil and criminal investigations, participant inquiries, research, and trends and vulnerabilities identified in the private sector. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available
Uses and Use Restrictions
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.
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.
Plan officials, trustees, participants, beneficiaries of employee benefit plans, or others involved in plan administration.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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.)
Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, Public Law 93-406.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
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.
Post Assistance Requirements
(Salaries) FY 16 $181,000; FY 17 est $183,000; and FY 18 est $183,296 - EBSA received an additional $2,000,000 in fiscal year 2017 from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) State Unemployment Insurance and Employment Service Operations (SUIESO) Unemployment Insurance (UI) State Administration appropriation to allow EBSA to conduct and support the major case initiative, provide support to the Office of the Solicitor in litigation of extraordinary case work, and enhance oversight of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Data not 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).
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.
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
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
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