EBSA Proposes Extensions of Information Collections

March 27, 2009 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - The U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has proposed the extension of four different existing information collections.

In four separate notices, the EBSA proposes to continue information collections pertaining to asking for an extension of the deadline to deposit participant retirement plan contributions ; the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) required Summary Annual Report (SAR) ; abandoned and terminated individual account plans ; and the National Medical Support Notice  pertaining to the issuance and processing of qualified medical child support orders issued by state child support enforcement agencies.

The DoL said it is interested in comments regarding its information collections extension proposals that:

  • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
  • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
  • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and
  • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., by permitting electronic submissions of responses.

Comments are due by May 26 to G. Christopher Cosby, Office of Policy and Research, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., Washington, D.C. 20210, or may be submitted via fax to (202) 219-4745, or by email to ebsa.opr@dol.gov.