DOL Reports to Congress on Prior Pension Risk Transfer Guidance

The Department of Labor (DOL) has reported to Congress on Interpretive Bulletin 95-1, pursuant to a directive under Section 321 of SECURE 2.0. Interpretive Bulletin 95-1 provided guidance on fiduciary standards for selecting an annuity provider for a defined benefit plan. DOL reports that the bulletin’s factors are still relevant to a fiduciary’s prudent and loyal evaluation, but did note that the agency may further explore developments in both the life insurance industry and in pension risk transfer practices to determine whether additional guidance is needed.