Below are the official descriptions of ASPPA and each of its affiliate organizations; each representing large sectors of the retirement industry.
About ASPPA: The American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) is a national organization of more than 16,000 retirement plan and benefits professionals that serves as the educator, voice and advocate for the employer-based retirement system. ASPPA members are administrators, actuaries, advisors, attorneys, accountants and other financial services professionals who provide consulting and administrative services for qualified retirement plans.
About ABC: The ASPPA Benefits Councils (ABC) is an affiliate council of members within the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries. ABC helps its members keep current with industry developments and government affairs activities through education and networking. The educational component is designed for retirement plan professionals and plan sponsors, together within their communities and members, to enjoy the year-round benefits of educational focused seminars set up to address the current and relevant issues affecting the retirement plan industry. The networking portion provides interested professionals with activities and opportunities to interact with local professionals who focus on the retirement marketplace through a variety of events offered throughout the year.
About ACOPA: The ASPPA College of Pension Actuaries is responsible for identifying and addressing the professional development needs of the actuarial membership of ASPPA. ACOPA members serve as representatives on ASPPA committees and subcommittees in order to enhance the actuarial content of programming and planning. ACOPA plays the primary role in content creation for ASPPA’s Government Affairs Committee in the preparation of formal comments, position papers, and other relevant pronouncements involving federal regulatory authorities including Treasury, IRS, DOL, PBGC or SEC.
About APAPA: ASPPA Plan Administrators Policy Alliance (APAPA) is a membership division of ASPPA, exclusive to TPA firms. The purpose of APAPA is to provide an organizational structure for member firms to share common concerns and become more politically active on behalf of the private pension system. Members benefit from networking, policy input and special educational opportunities.
About CIkR: The Council of Independent 401(k) Recordkeepers (CIkR) is a national organization of 401(k) plan service providers. Members of CIkR offer plan sponsors and participants a wide variety of investment options from financial services companies without conflict of interest. CIkR members are a significant and important segment of the retirement plan service provider marketplace, focusing their business on efficient retirement plan operations and innovative services for plan sponsors and participants. CIkR provides services to more than 70,000 retirement plans covering 3 million participants with approximately $130 billion in retirement assets.
About NAPA:The National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) is a sister organization of ASPPA created by and for retirement plan advisors. The primary goal is further the interests of retirement plan advisors and those who support them in a number of ways, including advocacy, conferences, education, research and media like NAPA Net, the NAPA Net Daily, and now NAPA Net the Magazine. While the financial services industry is well represented in Washington by a number of trade associations that weigh in on issues affecting advisors, NAPA is the only advocacy group exclusively focused on the issues that matter to retirement plan advisors.
About NTSA: The National Tax-deferred Savings Association (NTSA) is a sister organization of the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) representing more than 3,000 members. NTSA’s mission is critically important for the public-sector retirement system by enhancing employee empowerment in the defined contribution plan market and developing the tools to help public-sector employees achieve success. For 25 years, NTSA has been nationally recognized for our thought leadership and policy expertise with regard to public-sector retirement plans and represents its membership in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country working with public-sector stakeholders, policy makers and legislators to address issues and design retirement plans that improve employee outcomes. NTSA also provides high-quality education, professional development, and information resources.