A proposal that would require automatic enrollment of participants in existing 401(k) plans was not included in President Barack Obamas fiscal 2010 budget, said Ed Ferrigno, vice president, Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America.
As recently as May 7, Thomas E. Gavin, spokesman for the White Houses Office of Management and Budget, had insisted that the proposal would be included in the detailed analysis of the budget that OMB released today.
However, the proposal was not included in either OMBs budget analysis or in the Treasury Departments official explanation of the budget details also released today, Mr. Ferrigno said.
There was no doubt that it was in, and theres no doubt that its out, Mr. Ferrigno said in a telephone interview today.
At press time, Mr. Gavin said he was looking into the issue.
But Mr. Ferrigno said the deletion of the proposal was a win for employers.
Were grateful to the president, said Mr. Ferrigno, who has been raising concerns about the plan since it was originally proposed early this year.
What this action does is preserve the ability of employers to design plans that work for the business and the work force, Mr. Ferrigno said. Our main concern was that any plan-design mandate would freeze plan innovation in its tracks.