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|PBGC||RIN: 1212-AB53||Publication ID: Fall 2021|
|Title: Special Financial Assistance by PBGC|
This final rule implements section 9704 of the American Rescue Plan Act by setting forth the requirements for plan sponsors of financially troubled multiemployer defined benefit pension plans to apply for special financial assistance from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and related requirements.
|Agency: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation(PBGC)||Priority: Economically Significant|
|RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda||Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage|
|Major: Yes||Unfunded Mandates: No|
|CFR Citation: 29 CFR 4262|
|Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 1432 29 U.S.C. 1302(b)(3)|
Overall Description of Deadline: Section 4262(c) as added to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) by section 9704 of Subtitle H of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, requires that within 120 days of the date of enactment of this section, PBGC shall issue regulations or guidance setting forth requirements for special financial assistance (SFA) applications under this section.
Statement of Need:
This final rule is needed to implement section 9704 of the American Rescue Plan Act and set forth the requirements for plan sponsors of financially troubled multiemployer defined benefit pension plans to apply for special financial assistance from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, and related requirements.
Anticipated Costs and Benefits:
In its fiscal year (FY) 2020 Projections Report, published in September 2021, PBGC estimated a range of possible outcomes for the total amount of SFA payments under the provisions of the interim final rule. PBGC used the mean value in that range -- $97.2 billion -- to estimate the transfer impacts of the SFA program, and estimated the average annual information collection, including application, cost of the SFA program will be about $2 million. The SFA program is expected to assist plans covering more than 3 million participants and beneficiaries, including the provision of funds to reinstate suspended benefits of participants and beneficiaries.
|Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No||Government Levels Affected: None|
|Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes|
|RIN Data Printed in the FR: No|
Assistant General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
1200 K Street NW,
Washington, DC 20005